Ditleff  Thoraldson

Ditleff Thoraldson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Ditleff Thoraldson
Birth Name
Other Names Tharaldsen, Thorwaldson, Tharaldson
Lived ca. 1842 -
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Janesville, Rock County, WI
Company at Enlistment A
2nd Company H
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 11 Jun 1861

Ditleff Thoraldson joined D Company of the WI 2nd Infantry. The army listed him as living in Janesville, Rock County, WI, born in Norway, a shoemaker and harness maker, unmarried, and age 19. He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, and 5’8½”. He enlisted for three years on April 20, 1861, at Janesville and mustered on June 11, 1861, at Madison, WI, as a Private (Menig). He discharged from the service for disability on August 1, 1862. At age 21, he enlisted again, for three years, on December 30, 1863, at Janesville. He mustered there the next day and assigned to the WI 15th Infantry, Company A with a bounty of $402, as a Corporal (Korporal). The men of the company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.

He joined Company A at Strawberry Plains, VA, and then transferred to Company H on December 20, 1864, at Whiteside, TN. On January 20, 1865, he transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps at Whiteside, transferred to the 24th Infantry, and transferred to I Company of the WI 13th Infantry on June 10, 1865. He was discharged from the service on June 30, 1865, at New Orleans, LA, by reason of being supernumerary non-commissioned officer. He lived in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory. In February 1864, he was granted a pension of $8 a month because of a gun shot wound to his left shoulder.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol.8, vol.18, p.184, vol.20, p.16; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p.370; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.265; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter [Colonel Heg and his boys], Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.294; “Pensioners on the Roll as of January 1, 1883, living in Dakota Territory”, publ. by Park Genealogical Books, Roseville,Minnesota, p.23.


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