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Lauris Nilson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Lauris Nilson

Birth Name
Other Names

Lauritz; Laurits Nilsen


ca. 1837 –

Resident of Muster-In

Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862


Anne Paulsen

Married On

1 Apr 1865

Marriage Location

Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA

Lauris Nilson 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 Nilson as living in Winneshiek County, IA, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 21, 1862 at Winneshiek County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was left behind sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862 and was then sick in military hospital in Farmington in July 1862 and in Corinth, MS. On October 2, 1862, he was discharged from the service for disability due to disease at St. Louis, MO.

After the war, he returned to IA. He married April 1, 1865 to Anne Paulsen in Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA.


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.314; Winneshiek County Marriage Records; U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Records, p.33.