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James R. Nelson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

James R. Nelson

Birth Name

James R. Nelson


ca. 1821 – 14 Jun 1893

Birth Place

Genesee County, NY

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Dover, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Cause of Death

Old age

Death Location

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI

Burial Location

Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI



Spouse Lived

ca. 1825

James R. Nelson was born in Genesee County, NY. He enlisted in Company K of the WI 15th Infantry in January 1863. The army listed him as living in Dover, Racine County, WI, age 43, and a mason. He had gray eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, and stood 5’11”. He mustered as a Private (Menig). He transferred to K Company of the WI 13th Infantry in Huntsville, AL on February 5, 1864. He was discharged on November 24, 1865 in San Antonio, TX.

After the war in 1880, he lived in Medford, Taylor County, WI with his wife, Irene. He worked as a farmer. They had at least two children: John (1859) and Frank (1861). In 1887, he was admitted to the Northwestern Branch of the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee, WI. He died of old age on June 14, 1893 and is buried in Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers; 1880 Census, Roll: 1448; Family History Film: 1255448, Page: 396D, Enumeration District: 190.