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Kittel Sanderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Civil War Veterans: The Early Foundation of Walnut Grove, Minnesota

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Kittel Sanderson

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14 May 1821 – 25 Dec 1910

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Resident of Muster-In

Winneshiek County, IA

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Muster Date

1 Mar 1862

Death Location

Ridgeway, Iowa

Burial Location

United Lutheran, Ridgeway, IA




Levine (Luvina) Bryndhildson

Kittel Sanderson was born on May 14, 1821 in Sogn, Norway. He immigrated in 1851. He married Levine (Luvina) Brynhildson at an unknown date. They lived in Lincoln, Winneshiek County, IA and had at least two children: Louisa (born in IA about 1852) and Ben (1866).

He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed him as living in Winneshiek County, IA, age 40, a farmer, and married. He had blue eyes, dark hair, light complexion, and stood 5’8”. He enlisted for three years on February 27, 1862 in Winneshiek County and mustered at Madison, WI on March 1, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Sanderson was sick in Bowling Green, KY, in November 1862. He was transferred to Veterans Reserve Corps on October 15, 1863. On February 27, 1865, he mustered out at Louisville, KY, his term of enlistment having expired. In 1886, he was living at Ridgeway, IA. This may be the man known as “Store Kittel”, said to have come from Telemark. In 1910 he was living in Lincoln, Winneshek County, IA with his son Ben, his wife Christina, and his grandchildren Clarence (born abt. 1900), Leonald (1901), Adolph (1903), May (1907). He died on December 25, 1910. He was buried at United Lutheran, Ridgeway.

Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin. Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.148; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.641, p.642 photo; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.331, p.333, p.327; DGA; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.283, photo, p.319; List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, living in Iowa, William L Alexander, Des Moines, IA, 1886, p.705; Wisconsin Cemetery Records; Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992; 1895 Iowa Census; 1910 U.S. Census, Roll: T624_428, Page: 10B, Enumeration District: 0159, FHL microfilm: 1374441; Civil War Veterans: The Early Foundation of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, by Daniel D. Peterson (, p. 63.