Edwin  Hadley

Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 81099

Edwin Hadley

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Edwin Hadley
Birth Name Even Hadlesen Fjøsne
Other Names Edvin Hadley
Patronymic Name Hadlesen
Lived 29 Apr 1843 - 27 May 1864
Birth Place Etne, Hordaland
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Perry Township, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment E
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 11 Jun 1862
Cause of Death killed in action
Death Location Battle of New Hope Church, GA
Mother Anne Marie Johansdatter Fjøsne
Father Hadle Evensen Testdal
Immigration 24 or 29 Jun 1846

Edwin Hadley was born “Even Hadlesen Fjøsne” on April 29, 1843 at Etne, Hordaland, Norway. Edwin was the son of Hadle Evensen Testdal and Anne Marie Johansdatter Fjøsne. He, his parents and brother, Johan, came to America on “Kong Sverre”, which sailed from Bergen and reached NY on June 24 or 29, 1846. They came to Perry Township, Dane County, WI in 1854. Edwin's mother died in 1861.

Hadley joined WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves "Odin's Rifles."  The army listed Hadley as living in Perry Township, age 19, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, dark hair, light complexion, and stood 5’7”. He enlisted for three years on October 18, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on June 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal) on November 1, 1862. He was on police duty on December 20, 1862. Hadley was left sick in Knoxville, TN on February 24, 1863. He was on escort duty with the provision transport from Stevenson, AL on October 13, 1863. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863, and again on Nashville, TN in February 1864. He was killed in Battle of New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864 by a gunshot through his heart.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.72; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.263; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.223 photo, p.303; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1895, p.477; FLOM p.296; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850, Volume Two 1844-1846, Gerhard B. Naeseth, Decorah, IA, 1997, 1846, no 350.

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