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15th Wisconsin Infantry History

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EnlargeReunion of the Grand Army of the Republic at Camp Randall, members of the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (the mostly Scandinavian unit commanded by Colonel Hans Heg).

Reunion of the 15th Wisconsin Infantry, 1917

Reunion of the Grand Army of the Republic at Camp Randall, members of the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, the mostly Scandinavian unit commanded by Colonel Hans Heg. View the original source document: WHI 77060

The 15th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on February 2, 1862. The regiment left Wisconsin for St. Louis, Missouri, on March 2, 1862. During its service it moved along the Mississippi River, through Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky.

It participated in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, the Georgia Campaign, the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, and Jonesboro, as well as in the sieges of Chattanooga and Atlanta. Companies A, B and E mustered out on December 1, 1864; the other companies followed in January and February.

The regiment lost 336 men during its service. Eight officers and 86 enlisted men were killed. One officer and 241 enlisted men died from disease.

[Source: 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, 1914?)]