Arne  Helgeson

Believed to have been taken post-war.

Photo courtesy of Marc and Beth Storch.

Arne Helgeson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Arne Helgeson
Birth Name Arne Holgesen Øen
Other Names Arne Helgesen Hagen
Patronymic Name Helgeson
Lived 1 Feb 1828 - 15 Jun 1909
Birth Place Ål, Buskerud fylke
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Clermont, Fayette County, IA
Company at Enlistment H
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 13 Feb 1862
Death Location Lyon County, IA
Burial Location Our Saviors Lutheran Church Cemetery, Inwood, Lyon County, IA
Mother Taran Knudsdatter
Father Holge Knudsen
Immigration left 8 Apr 1857
Spouse Sigrid (Sigri) Olsdtr
Spouse Lived 26 Jul 1828- 22 Jan 1913
Married On 28 Dec 1849

Arne Helgeson was born at Ål, Buskerud, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the 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 Helgeson as living in Clermont, Fayette County, IA, age 34, and married. He enlisted on January 29, 1862 at Clermont, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was in hospital at Bowling Green, KY on September 17, 1862, and in Nashville, TN on December 26, 1862. He was sick in Knoxville, TN on February 28, 1864. He was sent to hospital on July 18, 1864 and then to the hospital in Chattanooga, TN on July 23, 1864. He was mustered out with H Company on February 13, 1865 at Chattanooga. In 1892, he was a farmer in Inwood, Lyon County, IA. Arne and Sigrid had at least three children, including: Annette A. (1862), Knute (1866), and Syver (1869).


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.116; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.562; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.309; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; court records of marriage, immigration and death from Lyon County, IA provided by Herb Martin, a descendant; Buskerud fylke, Ål, Ministerialbok nr. I 6 (1849-1864), Ekteviede [Marriages] 1850, pagee 125; Buskerud fylke, Ål, Ministerialbok nr. I 6 (1849-1864), Utflyttede [Emigrations] 1857, page 239;; Iowa 1885 Census, p.136; Iowa 1905 Census, FHL #: 001430510.

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