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Carl Nielson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Carl Nielson

Birth Name
Other Names

Carl Johan Nilsen


22 Jul 1829 – 28 Aug 1925

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Door County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

1 Mar 1862

Burial Location

Nelsonville Lutheran Cemetery, Nelsonville, Portage County, WI


Maria Hansdatter


Nils Anderson





Spouse Lived

ca. 1836-

2nd Spouse

Maria (Mary) Barbara Hansdatter

2nd Spouse Lived

Jun 1836-

2nd Marriage Date

30 Aug 1873

2nd Marriage Location

Ephraim, Door County, WI

Carl Johan Nielson was born on July 22, 1829 in Norway to Nils Anderson and Maria Hansdotter. He likely married his first wife, Stenia, while still in Norway. He immigrated in 1854. They had at least two children in MI: Menia (1855) and Samuel (1857). They then relocated to Gibraltar, Door County, WI and had at least three more children: Nora (1864), Caroline (1867), and John (1870).

Nielsen joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Door County, WI, age 32, and married. Nielson enlisted for three years on February 24, 1862 at Door County, and mustered at Madison, WI on March 1, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He sick in regimental hospital on July 20, 1862 and in Iuka, MS on August 21, 1862. Nielson became unfit for service and was discharged from the service in Quincy, IL on April 10, 1863 for disability.

After the war, he returned to WI. He married Maria (Mary) Barbara Hansdatter on August 30, 1873 in Ephraim, Door County, WI. They had at least two children: Hans (Dec. 1874) and Anne (July 1876). They lived in Gibraltar, Door County. Nielson died on August 28, 1925. He is buried in Nelsonville Lutheran Cemetery, Nelsonville, Portage County, WI. His stone reads “PVT CO F 15 REGT WIS INF CIVIL WAR.”


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.90; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.512, p.514 photo; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.278 photo, p307; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.313; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1402, Page: 984, Image: 258, Family History Library Film: 805402; 1880 Census, Roll: 1424; Family History Film: 1255424; Page: 68C; Enumeration District: 041; 1900 Census, Roll: 1785, Page: 6A, Enumeration District: 0043, FHL microfilm: 1241785; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_1705, Page: 8B, Enumeration District: 0047, FHL microfilm: 1375718;; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch #M00342-2; GS Film #1275987.