Knud O. Brager

Knud O. Brager

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Knud O. Brager
Birth Name Knud Olsen Brager
Other Names Knut Bragen
Patronymic Name Olsen
Lived 9 Feb 1843 - 6 Mar 1924
Birth Place Brager farm, Sør-Aurdal parish, Oppland fylke
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Black Earth, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment C
2nd Company B
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 21 Oct 1861
Death Location Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, IA
Burial Location Ellington Prairie Cemetery, Hancock County, IA
Mother Kari Olsdatter S. Grøv
Mother Lived 1814- 1882
Father Ole Ellendsen Brager Braka
Father Lived 1806- 1887
Immigration 1861
Spouse Sarah Olson Tiedendson
Spouse Lived May 1846-
Married On 1865

Knud O. Brager was born on February 9, 1843 in Sør-Aurdal, Oppland fylke, Norway. His parents were Ole Ellendsen Brager Braka and Kari Olsdatter S. Grøv. He immigrated in 1861.

He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. Two brothers - Ellend and Ole - also joined the Wisconsin 15th. The men of the company called themselves the "Norway Bear Hunters," but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Brager as living in Black Earth, Dane County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 21, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). He transferred to Company B on April 1, 1862 on orders from Col. Hans C. Heg. He was discharged from the service for sickness on April 1, 1862.

After the war, Brager married Sarah O. They had seven children: Olaf (1869), Emil (1873), Marie (1875), Carl (1880), Clara (1883), Allen (1885), and Myron (1890). They lived in Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, IA. He died there on March 6, 1924. He was buried at Ellington Prairie Cemetery, Hancock County, IA.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.44; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.407; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.294; Letter to Minneapolis Norwegian Language Newspaper, 1892, signed A.K.Brenden, Bend, OR; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.273; Ann Urness Gesme, Cedar Rapids, IA; Oppland fylke, Sør-Aurdal, Ministerialbok nr. 4 (1841-1849), Fødte og døpte [Births and deaths] 1843, side 67-68; 1915 IA Census; Civil War Pension Index; 1900 Census, Roll: 423, Page: 2A, Enumeration District: 0024, FHL microfilm: 1240423; and 1910 Census, Roll: T624_396, Page: 16A, Enumeration District: 0020, FHL microfilm: 1374409; Iowa Marriage Records, Batch # M86816-2, GS Film # 1481038, Ref. ID 2:3LCTTB9.

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