|Captain Hans Peter Jorgensen was a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, and was well educated in the schools of that city. He served three years in the Danish army, and was wounded twice while fighting against the Prussians in the Schleswig-Holstein war.
Although he worked as a mechanic after he came to this country, he was a man of learning and cultivated taste and of social attainments. As he was not a native of this country, he could not have been drafted. It is reported that he said: "Freedom is the same everywhere, and I cheerfully give my life in its defense. I would give more if I had it."
We have seen him fighting and wounded at Ballís Bluff, as detailed for recruiting in Worcester, and as advancing to the command of his company by meritorious service. June 30, he wrote: "There is no doubt as to the result of this battle. Give my love to all my friends, and tell them the old Fifteenth is still gaining laurels, and by the time we get home we shall be completely covered with glory."
His remains reached Leominster July 17. The funeral occurred July 23. The State Guards performed escort duty. The pall-bearers were Captains Forehand, Wood, Bartlett, Howe and Gale, and Lieutenants Goddard, Fuller, Staples, Frazer and Dudley. Some thirty past members of the Fifteenth, under command of Lieutenant Polley, were in the funeral procession. In a memorial sermon the Reverend Eli Fay of Leominster said: "Though he had been in twenty pitched battles, and had seven scars upon him, he had no other thought than to go through the conflict or to fall in it, and it is the testimony of all, that from first to last he was a most worthy, brave and competent soldier .... Jorgensen fell facing the foe, and nobly performing his duty."