John  Haldorson

John Haldorson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist John Haldorson
Birth Name Joen Haldorsen Qvileqval
Other Names John Haldorsen Kvilekval
Patronymic Name Haldorsen
Lived 1810 - Oct 1864
Birth Place Evanger, Voss
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Chicago, Cook County, IL
Company at Enlistment D
2nd Company A
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 18 Nov 1861
Burial Location Liberty Prairie Lutheran Cemetery
Mother Brita Torbjørnsdatter Rasdalen
Father Haldor Johnsen Kvilekval
Immigration 8 Sep 1843
Spouse Sigvor Knudsdatter Kvamme
Spouse Lived 1809- 1849
Married On 21 Jun 1838
2nd Spouse Ragnild Nelsdatter Glimme
2nd Spouse Lived 1826-

John Haldorson was born “Johan Haldorsen Kvilekval” in 1810 at Evanger, Voss, Norway. He was the son of Haldor Johnsen Kvilekval and Brita Torbjørnsdatter Rasdalen. He was married on June 21, 1838 to Sigvor Knudsdatter Kvamme (1809-1849). They came to America with daughter Brita on “Mercurius”, which sailed from Bergen and arrived in NY on September 8, 1843. Another daughter, Johanna, was born on the voyage. They came to Chicago. He was married a second time to Ragnild Nelsdatter Glimme (1826-?) at an unknown date.

Haldorson joined WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of the company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city. The army listed Haldorson as living in Chicago, Cook County, IL, age 52, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 16, 1861 at Chicago, and he mustered November 18, 1861 at Madison, WI into Company D as a Private (Menig). Transferred from D Company at Mississippi River Island No. 10, 3 May 1862 to Company A. He became unfit for service and was discharged from the service for sickness in Nashville on December 20, 1862. He died on October 1864. He was buried in Liberty Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 78-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.16, Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, compiled circa 1885, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.14; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.351; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.292, 300; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.286; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, A Biographical Directory, 1925-1850, Volume One, 1825-1843, Gerhard B. Naeseth, Madison, WI, 1993, 1843, no.1656; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL.

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