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|Name at Enlist|
ca. 1832 – 9 Apr 1864
|Resident of Muster-In|
Green County, WI
|Company at Enlistment|
|Rank at Enlistment|
11 Feb 1862
|Cause of Death|
Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville; section B, grave 50
Erick Nilson joined 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 Nilson as living in Green County, WI, age 29, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 24, 1862 in Green County and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was sick several times in various places. He died of disease in the general hospital in Louisville, KY on April 9, 1864. He was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville; section B, grave 50.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.146; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.635; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.318; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.311.