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Aslak Siverson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Aslak Siverson

Birth Name

Asle Syversen Rishovd

Other Names

Aslag Sivertson


26 Jun 1844 – 27 Oct 1930

Birth Place

Rishovd, Krödsherad, Sigdal parish, Buskerud fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Burial Location

Big Canoe Lutheran Cemetery near Decorah, IA


Helge Gundersdatter Rodningen


Syver Aslesen Rishovd




Bertha Tobiasen

Married On

26 Jul 1873

Marriage Location

Luther College, Decorah, IA

Aslak Seversen Rishoud was born June 26, 1844 at Rishoud, Krödsherad, Sigdal, Norway, the son of Sjur (Syver) Asleson Rishoud and Helge Gundersdatter Rodningen. They immigrated to IL in 1849 and came to Winneshiek County in 1851.

Aslak Siverson 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 him as living in Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA, age 18, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, and stood 5’7”. He enlisted for three years on January 6, 1862 at La Crosse, WI, and mustered on February 13, 1862 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). While at Murfreesboro, TN, he developed rheumatism in his right shoulder. He was with the provisions transport from Stefenson, AL in October 1863. Siverson was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863. He mustered out with Company H on February 13, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN. July 26, 1873, he married to Bertha Tobiasen at Luther College, Decorah, by Rev. N. Brandt. They had twelve children. He farmed in Canoe Township, Winneshiek County. They lived in Canoe Township; he was postmaster at Springwater, IA. He died on October 27, 1930, age 86. He was buried at Big Canoe Lutheran Cemetery near Decorah.

Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.120; Letter, Norman Hjelmeland; Letter, Rosie Goettelman; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.573; DGA; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.311; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.328; List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, living in Iowa, William L Alexander, Des Moines, IA 1886, p705; Rokke; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL.