15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment

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15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment
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ActiveFebruary 14, 1862–February 13, 1865
BranchUnion Army
Garrison/HQCamp Randall (Madison, Wisconsin)
Nickname(s)Scandinavian Regiment
Motto(s)"For Gud og Vort Land!" ("For God and Our Country!")
EngagementsAmerican Civil War
Hans Christian Heg
Jurgen Wilson
Ole Johnson

The 15th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, more popularly known as the "Norwegian Regiment", or the "Scandinavian Regiment", was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.[1]


The 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment was originally formed by Col. Hans Christian Heg at Camp Randall, near Madison, Wisconsin. The majority of its members were Norwegian immigrants (some records state as many as 90%), with the rest mainly Danish, Swedish and Dutch immigrants. The regiment was organized at Madison, Wisconsin, and mustered into federal service January 31, 1862. The regiment was mustered out of service by company between December 1, 1864, and February 13, 1865.[2]

Major Campaigns[edit]

The 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment was a participant in a number of major battles conducted by the Union Army during the Civil War.[3]


The 15th Wisconsin suffered eight officers and 86 enlisted men who were killed in action or who later died of their wounds, plus another one officer and 241 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 336 fatalities.[2] Colonel Hans Christian Heg was killed in action in the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (Wisconsin Trails) [1] Accessed 2009-05-17. Archived 2009-05-18.
  2. ^ a b Union Regimental Index, Wisconsin(The Civil War Archive)
  3. ^ Norsemen weren’t afraid to fight at Stones River (by: By Mike West, Managing Editor. Murfreesboro Post. June 8, 2008) [2] Accessed 2009-05-17. Archived 2009-05-18.

Other sources[edit]

  • Buslett, Ole Amundsen Det Femtende Regiment Wisconsin Frivillige (Decorah, Iowa, 1894) Norwegian
  • Estabrook, Charles E, ed. Records and sketches of military organizations: population, legislation, election and other statistics relating to Wisconsin in the period of the Civil War (Madison, Wisconsin: State of Wisconsin. 1914)
  • Current, Richard Nelson The History of Wisconsin, The Civil War Era, 1848-1873 (Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin. 1976)

Further reading[edit]

  • Ager, Waldemar Colonel Heg and His Boys: A Norwegian Regiment in the American Civil War (Northfield, Minnesota: The Norwegian-American Historical Association. 2000) English translation by Della Kittleson Catuna and Clarence A. Clausen

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