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|Name at Enlist|
ca. 1825 – 15 Nov 1862
|Resident of Muster-In|
Bath Township, Freeborn County, MN
|Company at Enlistment|
|Rank at Enlistment|
11 Feb 1862
|Cause of Death|
regimental hospital in Edgefield Junction, TN
Cemetery in Nashville, TN
Nils Nilson was born at Nordland, Norway. He and his wife Sarah (Sigrid) had two small children by 1860.
He 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 Bath Township, Freeborn County, MN, age 36, and married. He enlisted for three years on December 19, 1861 in Freeborn County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He died of disease in the regimental hospital in Edgefield Junction, TN on November 15, 1862. He was buried at Cemetery in Nashville, TN. His widow, Sigrid, filed a pension in his name on January 9, 1863.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-12, 77-8; 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.312, p.314; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_349.