HEG, Hans Christian

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WI 15th Inf. Residence: Waterford, Racine County, Wisconsin. Born Lier, near Drammen, Norway, on 21 Dec 1829, son of Even Hansen Heg, an innkeeper, and Sigrid Olsdatter Kallerud. He came to America with his parents, his brother, Ole, and two sisters, Andrea and Sophie, on “Emilie” which sailed from Gothenburg, Sweden, and arrived in New York on 12 Aug 1840. Settled at Muskego, Wisconsin. Hans was married, 10 Dec 1851, to Gunhild Jacobsdatter Einung, who was born in Tinn, Telemark, 10 Dec 1833, and who came to America at age 8 in 1842. She lived until 1923. Four children. Civil War: Age 32. Hans Heg was commissioned Colonel on 30 Sep 1861. He began recruiting men for his Regiment. Mustered 13 Feb 1862 at Madison, Wisconsin. Organized and commanded the Fifteenth Wisconsin Regiment. In September 1862, the Regiment was ordered to Tennessee. Heg was left sick on 30 Oct 1862 at Cave City, Kentucky. Promoted 28 Feb 1863 to command the 2nd Brigade, Davis' Division, 1st Division, 20th Corps, Army of the Cumberland. Mortally wounded in Battle at Chickamauga, Georgia, 19 Sep 1863, and died the next morning. Heg is buried in the Muskego Cemetery, Racine County, Wisconsin. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 76-2, 78-1; red book vol 20 p 10) (Buslett p295, photo) (ONI p60, photo) (Ulvestad p251) (Ager p289) (Meeker) (Quiner p 91, 96, 613, 618) (Naeseth ’40-7) (Hedberg) [Photo at Vesterheim, Decorah IA]