Knud  Amundsen

Photo courtesy of Mark Ashley, great-great grandnephew of Johannes Martinson. Picture is a cropped and retouched scan of a copy of an image in an old Mower County Atlas.

Mower County, MN, Atlas

Knud Amundsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Knud Amundsen
Birth Name Knud Hermandsen
Other Names Knut Amundson, Knud Anunson
Patronymic Name Hermandsen Otterskreen
Lived 13 Jul 1836 - 18 Dec 1906
Birth Place Vik parish, Sogn og Fjordane fylke
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Nevada, Mower County, MN
Company at Enlistment K
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 11 Feb 1862
Cause of Death Long illness
Death Location Mower County, MN
Burial Location Six Mile Grove Cemetery, Lyle, Mower County, MN
Mother Guro Marcusdatter Otterskreen
Mother Lived 1814-20 Nov 1894
Father Hermand Amundsen Nesse
Father Lived 1813-26 Jun 1890
Immigration 1856
Spouse Liv Svendsdatter (Elizabeth S. Jorgenson)
Spouse Lived 11 Apr 1844-12 Jun 1930
Married On 2 Feb 1866
Marriage Location St. Ansgar, Mitchell County, IA

Knud Hermandsen was born on July 13, 1836 in Vik parish, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, to Hermand Amundson and Guro Marcusdatter. The family immigrated from Larvik parish to America in 1856. They first settled in Christiana, Dane county, WI, and in 1859, they relocated to Nevada Township, Mower County, MN.

Amundson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K a few years after relocating to Minnesota. The company called itself "Clausen's Guards" in honor of the 15th's first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in Minnesota and Iowa, with the rest from Wisconsin.

The army listed Amundson as living in Nevada, MN, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 29, 1862, at Nevada, and mustered at Madison, WI, on February 11, 1862, as a Private (Menig). He was then promoted to Corporal (Korporal). He was seriously wounded at Stones River, TN, and sent to the hospital in Nashville, TN, on December 31, 1862. He was sick in Stevenson, AL, on August 28, 1863 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on September 1, 1863.

Knud Amundson married Elizabeth S. Jorgenson on February 2, 1866, in St. Ansgar, IA. They had at least 9 children, including Malina (1866-1931), Henry (1867-1877), Gunnild (1870-1872), Sophia C (1872-1890), Lilly A. (1874-1895), Henrietta (1877-1949), Henry S. (1879-1879), Otis C. (1881-1907)), and Cora (1888-1976). The child in the photo is believed to be their son, Otto C. Amundson, and is believed to have been taken sometime in the 1870's.

After marrying, he bought land in Mower County, MN, improved upon it, and built a log house. In 1875, he sold the land and bought new land in the same county. He worked as a county commissioner, town supervisor, clerk, and treasurer. After a long illness, he died on December 18, 1906. He is buried in Six Mile Grove Cemetery, Lyle, Mower County, MN. Elizabeth died on June 12, 1930. His parents and wife, and most of the children are also buried in the same cemetery.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison,  vol. 20, p. 140; Det Femtende Regiment Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 619; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. v316; Wisconsin in the War of the Rebellion, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 262; 1875 Minnesota Census, Roll #MNSC_11, Line 6; 1905 MN Census, Roll #MNSC_137, Line 18; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Records, 1875-1940, p. 358;  History of Mower County, Minnesota, Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, 1911, p. 494; Mower County Transcript, 12/26/1903, p. 3; findagrave.com; Vik parish register #A7, born and baptised, p. 29, Lavik #A3, in- and out-migrated, p. 18, digitalarkivet.no.

 


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