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Simon A. Myhre

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 87544

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Name at Enlist

Simon A. Myhre

Birth Name

Simen Andersen Myhre


16 Jun 1834 – 4 Oct 1864

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

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA; grave 10,289


Synnøve Sveinsdtr Lunde

Mother Lived

1798 – 28 Nov 1862


Anders Engebretsen Myre

Father Lived

1796 – 5 Jan 1864


10 Apr 1861

Simon A. Myhre was born on June 16, 1834 in Ringebu, Oppland fylke, Norway. He came to the U.S. in 1861 with his brother Hans Myhre. Their brother Peter Myhre came a few years earlier in 1857.

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 Myhre as living in St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI. He was 26 years old and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 9, 1861 at Scandinavia, WI, soon after arriving in WI. He mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Myhre was promoted to Corporal (Korporal) on December 5, 1862. In October 1863, he was with the provisions transport from Stevenson, AL. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863. He was taken prisoner at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864, and died of scurvy in Andersonville Prison on October 4, 1864. He was buried there in grave 10,289.

On June 14, 2015, dedicated a Gold Start Recipients Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park. The Sheveland-Taylor American Legion Post 14 of Iola raised funds for the monument. It honors veterans from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Simon Myhre is listed on the memorial plaque.


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.126; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.599, p.601 photo; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.264; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.178 photo, p.315, e50; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; GPO, p.143; “Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison” Atwater List, publ. 1865;“Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano”, publ. 1895; “Slekter fra Ringebu og Gudbrandsdalen”,, accessed 1 July 2015; Waupaca County News, 6/11/2015,; Ringebu parish register #4, born and baptised, p. 256,