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Knud Nelson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Knud Nelson

Birth Name
Other Names

Knut Nilsen Horveid


ca. 1833 – 30 Jul 1864

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Leeds Centre, Columbia County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA; grave 4289

Knud Nelson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves “Heg’s Rifles” in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the “Voss Company” because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.

The army listed Nelson as living in Leeds Centre, Columbia County, WI, born in Voss, Norway, and age 28. He enlisted for three years on November 21, 1861 at Leeds Centre and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Nelson was captured by the enemy at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864. He died of scurvy in Andersonville Prison on July 30, 1864. He was buried there in grave 4289.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-10; 259-2; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.118; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.569; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.310; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.312; GPO, p.145; “Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison” Atwater List, publ. 1865.