1862 – The 15th Wisconsin Infantry Organized

On this date the 15th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin, and mustered into the service. It was known as the "Scandinavian Regiment" because almost all of its soldiers were from Scandinavia – predominantly from Norway, but also from Denmark and Sweden. The 15th was repeatedly recognized as a well organized and efficiently run regiment. During its three year term of service, it also earned a well-deserved reputation for bravery and steadfastness in battle, especially at Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, and Pickett’s Mill.