Such as note on Twitter the journalist Michelle Alfini, “Hans Christian Heg was a Norwegian immigrant who lived most of his life in Wisconsin supporting the abolition of slavery. He later led a Wisconsin infantry to victory by fighting in Kentucky during the civil war. #wkow“As reconstructed by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Hans Christian Heg emigrated to the United States from Norway as a child in 1840 and spent his youth in Muskego, County Waukesha, Wisconsin. He traveled to California in the gold rush as a young man, from 1849 to 1851. He later returned to Wisconsin in 1851 after the death of his parents to take care of the younger brothers and manage the family farm.
Heg marries immediately after his return and enters local politics. He was elected to the county council (1855-1857) and joined the nascent Republican Party, becoming delegate to the Wisconsin party convention in 1857. In 1859 Heg was elected state commissioner for prisons and in the fall of 1861 he was recruited to the new Scandinavian regiment where Heg accepts the post of colonel. The 15th Wisconsin infantry, largely composed of Scandinavian immigrants, left for the south on March 2, 1862. On December 30, 1862, in the battle of the River Stones, the Heg regiment lost more than 100 men and in February 1863 Heg was placed in command of the entire brigade for the courage shown: in the same period he fought against the Confederate troops in retreat through Tennessee, Alabama and up to the state border in Chickamauga, Georgia. He was hit in the abdomen in the historic battle of Chickamauga on September 19, 1863, losing his life the following morning due to serious injuries. The ideological fury of Black Lives Matter he did not spare even a hero like him.