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Torger Monsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Torger Monsen

Birth Name
Other Names



1819 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Washington, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

25 Feb 1864

Torger Monsen joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Monsen as living in Washington, La Crosse County, WI, born in Norway, age 44, and a farmer. He had hazel eyes, black hair, dark complexion, and stood 5’9”. He enlisted for three years on February 25, 1864 at La Crosse, WI, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). Monsen joined Company B at Strawberry Plains, VA on March 31, 1864. He transferred to Company H on December 1, 1864, then to 24th Infantry, and on to I Company in the 13th Infantry on June 10, 1865. Torger filed a pension on June 30, 1880.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.32; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.391; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.296; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p.809; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_332.