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Niels Nielsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Niels Nielsen

Birth Name
Other Names

Nels Nelson


ca. 1828 –

Resident of Muster-In

Raymond, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Niels Nielsen was born circa 1828. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company. The army listed him as living in Raymond, Racine County, WI and unmarried. Nielson mustered on December 2, 1861 as a Private (Menig).

Nielsen was sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10, on June 11, 1862, and was given leave. He stayed away a month too long. Records at the Madison, Wisconsin hospital show that he was mustered out there for sickness on August 22, 1862.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.424; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.299; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.314.