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Iver Ramsaas

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Iver Ramsaas

Birth Name

Iver Eriksen Romsaas

Other Names

Sygaard Romsås


22 Oct 1823 – 1 Dec 1863

Birth Place

Ringebu, Oppland fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Viroqua, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

6 Jan 1862

Cause of Death

Chronic diarrhea

Death Location

Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section D, grave 12054


Mari Pedersdatter

Mother Lived

1791- 1865


Erik Knudsen Romsaas

Father Lived





Marit Gulbrandsdatter Strand

Spouse Lived


Married On

1 Jun 1852

Marriage Location

Ringebu, Oppland fylke, Norway

2nd Spouse

Karen Caroline Eriksdatter Thorsgard

2nd Spouse Lived


Iver Ramsaas was born in Norway to Erik Knudsen Romsaas and Mari Pedersdatter. He married Marit Gulbrandsdatter Strand on June 1, 1852 in Ringebu. Together, they had a daughter, Ane Iversdatter Romsaas (6/16/1851-12/7/1919). They immigrated to WI in 1853. Marit died in 1853 in WI. Iver later married Karen Caroline Eriksdatter Thorsgard.

Iver joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.” The army listed him as living in Viroqua, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI, born in Ringebu, Norway, age 39, married, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’8”. He enlisted for three years on December 20, 1861 in Bad Ax County. Ramsaas mustered on January 6, 1862 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). On November 26, 1862, he was sick and assigned to the Pioneer Corps. He detached to the Brigade Provost Guard on June 19, 1863. On October 24, 1863, he was sent to General Field Hospital, Chattanooga, TN. He was still there November 28 and died at a military hospital in Chattanooga of chronic diarrhea on December 1, 1863. He was buried in National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section D, grave 149.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-7,77-1; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.78; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co. E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.491; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.305; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.324; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Norway Digital Archives; Civil War Pension IndexRoll #T288_403.