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Aadne Sandsmark

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Aadne Sandsmark

Birth Name

Aadne Tostensen Moudal

Other Names



1804 – 13 May 1888

Birth Place

Høle parish, Strand, Rogaland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Moscow, Iowa County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

1 Jan 1862

Burial Location

Evergreen Cemetery, Britt, Hancock County, IA


Christie Gundersdatter Moudal

Mother Lived

1770-25 Apr 1848


Tosten Aadnesen Moudal

Father Lived

1755-23 May 1820




Ingeborg Halvorsdatter Songeland

Spouse Lived

25 Dec 1807-12 Jul 1853

Married On

1 Jul 1826

Marriage Location

Høle parish, Strand, Rogaland

Aadne Tostensen was born on the Maudal farm, Strand (Høle parish), Rogaland. After his wife died, he left the parish April 29, 1860, with four of their youngest daughters.  Aadne Sandsmark joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Moscow, Iowa County, WI, age 56, and a widower. He enlisted for three years on December 18, 1861, in Iowa County, and mustered on January 1, 1862, at Madison, WI, as a Private (Menig). He left sick in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. Sandsmark became unfit for service and was discharged for disability on July 16, 1862. The Company E Clerk on April 30, 1863, wrote that Sandsmark was “known to have gone home, but no report of his discharge has come to hand and he is dropped as deserter.”

Sandsmark returned to Iowa County and was living there in 1880.  He and Ingeborg had at least eight children, all born in Norway: Christine (1828-1866), Jorend (1831-1910), Tosten (1834-1909), Inger (1837-?), Anna (1840-1918), Ane (1843-1924), Lisabeth (1845-1870), and Hanna (1850-?).


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. 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, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 492; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 327; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 305; “Norwegian Immigrants 1850 and later”, database, NAGCNL, #44909;;;