|Name at Enlist||John Wasarud|
|Other Names||Waserud, Wasrud|
|Lived||22 Aug 1838 - 21 Apr 1867|
|Birth Place||Vasrud, Oiers Prestegjeld, Gudbrandsdalen|
|Residence at Muster-In||St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI|
|Company at Enlistment||I|
|Rank at Enlistment||Corporal|
|Muster Date||20 Dec 1861|
|Death Location||St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI|
|Burial Location||Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery Sect. I Row 15, Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI|
|Mother||Kari Torgersdatter Hole|
|Father||Gudmund Olsen Sonstehage|
John Wasarud was born on August 22, 1838, at Vasrud, Oiers Prestegjeld, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, a son of Gudmund Olsen Sonstehage and Kari Torgersdatter Hole. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the "Scandinavian Mountaineers" but were also known as the "Waupaca Company" because so many of them were living in that Wisconsin county when they enlisted.
The army listed him as living in St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 4, 1861, at Scandinavia, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 20, 1861, as a Corporal (Korporal). He was appointed Sergeant (Sersjant) on February 1, 1862. On October 7, 1863, and November 28, 1863, he was was sick in Chattanooga, TN. At Kennesaw Mountain, GA, on June 21, 1864, he was wounded in a hand. Wasarud mustered out with Company I at Chattanooga on February 10, 1865. He died at St. Lawrence on April 21, 1867. A stone reading “John Wasrud –1867” is in Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery Sect. I Row 15, Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, box 76-11; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, vol.20, p.126; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p.611; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter [Colonel Heg and His Boys], Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.316; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.262; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway, list of the Field Officers of the WI 15th Regiment Infantry; email from Shirley Wasrud Johnson; USGenWeb Archives by Geraldine Trinrud.