HANSEN, Soren Johan

WI 15th Inf. Residence: Utica, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Skien, Norway, in 1820. Surgeon, trained in Norway. Said to have been a well-educated physician, contemptuous of orthodox religion. Came to America in 1855, and to Koshkonong, Dane County, Wisconsin, in 1856. Civil War: Commissioned 11 Nov 1861 at Dane County, Wisconsin. Mustered at Madison, 13 Feb 1862. Regimental Surgeon. Wife’s name Alberta Ulfers. She traveled with her husband during the war and worked in his hospitals tending the sick and wounded. Dr. Hansen was the first physician to serve the Wisconsin Fifteenth. In January 1862, Dr. Stephen O. Himoe became the chief doctor and Hansen became his assistant. Hansen resigned on 20 Oct 1863. Post war: In 1866, Hansen went back to Norway and became district doctor in Romsdalen. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-2) (Norlie, Olaf Morgan “History of the Norwegian People in America”, publ 1925, p467) (Buslett p327) (Ulvestad p252) (Ager p290) (Quiner p 613) (“Notes of a Civil War Soldier” by Bersven Nelson. Norwegian-American Studies, vol 26, publ by Norwegian American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota, 1974. p127 and note) (“Americans from Norway” by Leola Nelson Bergmann, publ. 1950 by J.B.Lippincott Co. p250) “Hansen, Søren Johan”