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Knud Syverson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Knud Syverson

Birth Name

Knud Syversen Skavelden

Other Names

Knut Syvertson


27 Feb 1817 – 15 Apr 1862

Birth Place

Maanums-eie farm, Aurdal, Nord-Aurdal, Oppland fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Jan 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Mississippi River Island No. 10

Burial Location

Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, TN


Kari Svendsdatter Maanum

Mother Lived

1792-28 Mar 1817


Syver Andersen Garli (later Dokken)

Father Lived

1792 –


14 Aug 1849


Ingeborg Helgesdatter Schaveld

Spouse Lived

13 Feb 1822-Jan 1902

Married On

29 Nov 1845

Marriage Location

Aurdal, Nord-Aurdal, Oppland fylke, Norway

Knud Syversen was born in Nord-Aurdal parish, Norway on February 27, 1817.  He, his wife, and three children (Kari, Helge, Swend) arrived in NY on the Lyna, August 14, 1849. They settled in Manitowoc County, WI, where they had 5 more children (Ole, Johan, Karine, Betzeline, and Edward) before Knud enlisted.

Knud Syverson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Manitowoc County, WI, age 47, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 8, 1862, at Manitowoc, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, on January 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He died of disease in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10, on April 15, 1862, and was buried in Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, TN.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol. 20, p. 92; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige, p. 518; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire WI, p. 308; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 328; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850, Volume Four 1849, Gerhard B. Næseth and Blaine Hedberg, 2004, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 187, IDs 250, 251; arkivverket.noOppland, Nord-Aurdal, Parish register, nr. 2 (1816-1828), Birth and baptism records 1817, p. 18, Death and burial records 1817, p. 99, Birth and baptism records 1822-1823, p. 73; Oppland, Aurdal, Nord-Aurdal, Parish register copy nr. 2 (1842-1877), Marriage records 1845, p. 184; Oppland, Aurdal, Parish register nr. 6 (1781-1804), Birth and baptism records 1792, p. 62, p. 63; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_462; 1850 Census, Roll: M432_1002, Page: 39A, Image: 80.