|Name at Enlist||Andrew P. Gjerde|
|Birth Name||Endre Pedersen Gjerde|
|Other Names||Andrew Gjerdee|
|Lived||3 Oct 1840 - 18 Jan 1865|
|Birth Place||Leikanger parish, Sogn og Fjordane|
|Residence at Muster-In||Deerfield, Dane County, WI|
|Company at Enlistment||H|
|Rank at Enlistment||Corporal|
|Muster Date||13 Feb 1862|
|Cause of Death||Wounds|
|Mother||Ingerie Monsdatter Njøs|
|Father||Peder Larsen Eggum (later Gjerde)|
|Father Lived||22 Jan 1797-1860|
|Immigration||23 Jun 1844|
Endre Pedersen was born on the Gjerde farm, Leikanger parish in Sogn og Fjordane. He immigrated with his parents and two brothers arriving in New York on the Juno June 23 1844.
As Andrew P. Gjerde he joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of his company called themselves "Heg's Rifles" in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the "Voss Company" because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.
The army listed Gjerde as living in Deerfield, Dane County, WI, a farmer, age 21, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, dark hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on October 30, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there on February 13, 1862, as a musician and Corporal (Korporal). Gjerde served with the provision transport from Stevenson, AL, in October 1863. He was wounded and captured by the enemy during the Battle of New Hope Church, GA, on May 27, 1864. He died in Andersonville Prison on January 22, 1865.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10, 17; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 114; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA, p. 560; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 263; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 309; ancestry.com; 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. 1, IDs 1-5.