Iola Veterans Memorial: Died as Prisoners of War (POW) Memorial

© Photographed September 24, 2016
Erected 2015 by Sheveland-Taylor American Legion Post 14
Iola, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
44.509102,-89.130586
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Died as Prisoners of War (POW)
 
Sergeant Hans Gunderson
Company 1 ~ 15th Regiment of Wisconsin ~ Union Army
Scandinavia, Wisconsin
Captured at the Battle of New Hope Church,
Paulding County, Georgia
Died at Andersonville Prison ~ Andersonville, Georgia
On October 11, 1864
Buried at Andersonville, Georgia

Private Simon A. Myhre
Company 1 ~ 15th Regiment of Wisconsin ~ Union Army
Scandinavia, Wisconsin
Captured at the Battle of New Hope Church,
Paulding County, Georgia
Died at Andersonville Prison ~ Andersonville, Georgia
Buried at Andersonville, Georgia

Simon Peterson
Company 1 ~ 15th Regiment of Wisconsin ~ Union Army
Scandinavia, Wisconsin
Captured at the Battle of New Hope Church, Paulding County, Georgia
Died at Andersonville Prison ~ Andersonville, Georgia on September 27th, 1864
Buried at Andersonville, Georgia

15th Regiment of Wisconsin also known as the “Norwegian Regiment
 
The memorial plaque is part of the Gold Star Memorial located at Veterans Memorial Park on northbound Main Street / Wisconsin Highway 49 / 161, north of its intersection with Water Street, at or near 190 North Main Street, Iola, Wisconsin 54945.

Wikipedia: 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment
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.
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Wikipedia: Battle of New Hope Church
The Battle of New Hope Church was fought May 25–26, 1864, between the Union force of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War. The battle was a result of an attempt by Sherman to outmaneuver Johnston.
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Wisconsinology: Ole Goes to War . . . the 15th  Wisconsin Regiment
"I know the Norwegians, No immigrants have served America better than they."
Abraham Lincoln

Sons of Norway: Norwegian Soldiers of the Civil War

Hans Heg at Chickamauga: Norwegian Commander on the Eve of Battle


See also, Iola Veterans Memorial: American Civil War Memorial, a related marker, also at this location.

The memorial is part of the larger Iola Veterans Memorial.

The plaque is affixed to the base of the Gold Star Memorial.

The memorial is part of the larger Iola Veterans Memorial.

The memorial is located at Veterans Memorial Park
in Iola, Wisconsin.

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