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Lars Hannibal

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
Lars  Hannibal Profile Image
Photograph was taken sometime between November 1861 and May 1862.
Danske I Kamp i og for Amerika by P. S. Vig (Omaha, Nebraska, 1917).

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Name at Enlist

Lars Hannibal

Birth Name
Other Names

Lars Hannibalsen, Lars Hambal


3 Jul 1822 – 27 Dec 1882

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Merton, Waukesha County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Burial Location

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Dannebrog, Howard County, NE





Spouse Lived

1820- 1890

Lars Hannibal was born on July 3, 1822 in Lolland province of Denmark. He served in the Danish army between 1848 and 1850. He immigrated to WI in 1856.

Hannibal 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 Hannibal as living in Merton, Waukesha County, WI, age 40, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on September 28, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Sergeant (Sersjant). He was sick in Iuka, MS on August 21, 1862. He was discharged from the service for disability (failing eyesight) on December 21, 1862 at Nashville, TN. The company Muster out roll shows his discharge as December 2.

Between 1870 and 1871, he established the Danish Land Company and was elected president. In 1871, he settled in Dannebrog, NE and worked as a mill proprietor. His obituary stated, “he was rightfully considered the patriarch of the flourishing colony in which he took so much pride…His family was large, his wife bringing five children by a former marriage, and bringing him four.” On December 27, 1882, he died and was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Dannebrog, Howard County, NE.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.30; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.383; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison WI, 1886, p.808; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.295;; The Phonograph, 1/5/1883, p. 5; 1880 Census, Roll: 750, Family History Film: 1254750, Page: 550B, Enumeration District: 140, Image: 0545.