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Rasmus Nelson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Rasmus Nelson

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ca. 1844 –

Resident of Muster-In

East Troy, Cast Iron, Walworth County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Feb 1864

Rasmus Nelson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed Nelson as living in East Troy, Cast Iron, Walworth County, WI and 20 years of age. He enlisted for three years on January 23, 1864 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on February 16, 1864 as a Private (Menig). Nelson joined Company K at Strawberry Plains, Virginia on March 31, 1864. On January 1, 1865, he was promoted to Sergeant (Sersjant). He was temporarily assigned to H Company of the WI 24th Infantry on February 10, 1865 and the transferred to I Company of WI 13th Infantry on June 10, 1865. Nelson mustered out June 30, 1865.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.140; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.634; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.318.