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Nels Nelson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at EnlistNels Nelson
Birth Name
Other NamesNels Nels
Livedca. 1832 - 31 Dec 1862
Resident of Muster-InSpring Prairie, Adams County, WI
Company at EnlistmentD
Rank at EnlistmentPrivate
Muster Date8 Dec 1861
Cause of DeathKilled
Death LocationStones River, TN
Burial LocationNational Cemetery at Stones River, TN; section H, grave 98

Nels Nelson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Wolf Hunters.” They were also known as the “Waupun Company” because so many of its members were from Waupun.

The army listed Nelson as living in Spring Prairie, Adams County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 23, 1861 at Spring Prairie, and mustered on December 8, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Nelson was killed at Stones River, TN on December 31, 1862. He was buried in National Cemetery there; section H, grave 98.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 77-8, 78-3; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.62; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.452; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.312; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.302.