Andrew P. Gjerde

Andrew P. Gjerde

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Andrew P. Gjerde
Birth Name Endre Pedersen Gjerde
Other Names Andrew Gjerdee
Patronymic Name Pedersen
Lived 3 Oct 1840 - 18 Jan 1865
Birth Place Leikanger parish, Sogn og Fjordane
Birth Country Norway
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
Mother Lived 1816-1890
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.


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