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Peter A. Myhre

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
Wisconsin Historical Society

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Name at Enlist

Peter A. Myhre

Birth Name

Petter Andersen Myhre


28 May 1836 – 18 Mar 1889

Birth Place

Ringebu, Oppland fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Death Location

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Burial Location

Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery Sect. II Row 4, Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI


Synnøve Svensdatterr Lunde

Mother Lived

1798 – 28 Nov 1862


Anders Engebretsen Myre

Father Lived

1796 – 5 Jan 1864



Peter A. Myhre was born in 1836 in Ringebu, Oppland fylke, Norway, and came to the US in 1857. He arrived in Milwaukee in June 1857 and made his way to Waupaca County, WI. He was later followed by his brothers Hans Myhre and Simon Myhre, who also served in the Civil War.  Myhre joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed him as living in St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI, age 24, and unmarried. Myhre enlisted on November 16, 1861 at Scandinavia, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was detached and assigned to the 6th Ohio Battery on October 28, 1863. On May 27, 1864, he was wounded in his head at New Hope Church, GA. He mustered out with Company I at Chattanooga, TN on February 10, 1865.

After the war, Myhre returned to Waupaca County, WI. He filed a pension in April 1880. He also was a charter member of the Iola Post 99 of the Grand Army of the Republic with his brother Hans. Myhre died on March 18, 1889 in Scandinavia, WI. A stone reading “Peter A. Myhre –1889” is in Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery Sect. II Row 4, Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-11; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.132; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.598, p.600 photo; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.311; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.216 photo, p.315; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; KJR; USGenWeb Archives by Geraldine Trinrud; “CommemorativeBiographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano”, publ. 1895; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; “Slekter from Ringebu og Gudbrandsdalen”,, accessed 1 July 2015; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_344; Wisconsin Historical Society (picture); U.S. Nationalization Record Indexes, M600; Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Wisconsin, by Thomas J. McCrory (Blue Earth, WI: Trails Books, 2005), p.186; Ringebu parish register #4, born and baptised, p, 288,