Elling  Ellingson

Elling Ellingson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Elling Ellingson
Birth Name Elling Nilsen Himle
Other Names Ellick Himle Ellickson
Patronymic Name Nilsen
Lived 2 Jun 1844 - 1901
Birth Place Himle, Voss, Hordaland
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA
Company at Enlistment F
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 29 Dec 1861
Death Location Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN
Burial Location Graceland Cemetery, Albert Lea, Freeborn Co, MN
Mother Eli Isaksdatter Nyre
Mother Lived 1814-1849
Father Nils Ellingsen Himle
Father Lived 12 Apr 1823-1 Feb 1880
Immigration 30 Jun 1845
Spouse Dorthea Marie Hansen
Spouse Lived 15 Mar 1857-09 Oct 1951

Elling Nilsen was born June 2, 1844, on the Himle farm in Voss parish, Hordaland, Norway. He arrived with his parents and sister in New York June 30, 1845, on the Kong Sverre. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves "KK's Protectors" in honor of the 15th's first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. F Company was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed Ellingson as living in Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA, age 18, a carpenter, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 25, 1861, at Decorah, and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 29, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He was seriously wounded at Stones River, TN. On July 18, 1864, he was sick and sent to hospital. He was treated for chronic diarrhea and for scurvy and stomach cramps. He was reported to have taken part in battles at Mississippi River Island No. 10, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. He mustered out with F Company on January 13, 1865, at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he settled in Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN. He married Dorthea Marie "Mary" Hansen who had immigrated from Denmark. They had two children: Roy H. (1876-1881) and Lottie May "Charlotte" (1878-1963).  He was a carpenter and served as a deputy sheriff. He filed for a pension in 1883 and Mary filed for a widow's pension in 1901 after he died on a business trip to Minneapolis.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 86; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA, p. 502; Decorah Genealogical Association; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 277; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 306; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p. 621; Letter to Minneapolis Norwegian Language Newspaper, 1892, signed A. K. Brenden, Bend, OR; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Freeborn County Historical Society, Albert Lea, MN, Albert Lea GAR records; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Two 1844-1846, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 1997, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 100, ID 139.


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