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Lars Nelson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Lars Nelson

Birth Name
Other Names

Nilson, Nielson


ca. 1841 – 25 Feb 1863

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Neenah, Winnebago County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Nashville, Davidson County, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Nashville, Davidson County, TN; section E, grave 875

Lars 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 Neenah, Winnebago County, WI, born in Denmark, age 20, and unmarried. He worked as a miller, had blue eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, and stood 5’6”. He enlisted for three years on December 22, 1861 at Neenah and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Nelson died of disease in the hospital at Nashville, TN on February 25, 1863 and buried in the National Cemetery at Nashville; section E, grave 875.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-10, 77-8; 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; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.313.