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Fingar Thoresen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Fingar Thoresen

Birth Name

Finger Thoresen Lien


12 Apr 1837 –

Birth Place

Nore parish, Buskerud fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Newark, Rock County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Dec 1861


Birgit Rejersdatter Kyllesdahl

Mother Lived

12 Dec 1811-


Thore Fingarsen Raaen (later Lien)

Father Lived




Finger Thoresen was born on the Lien farm, Nore parish, Buskerud. He left the parish April 30 1853, with his parents, brothers and sister to come to America.

Fingar Thoresen joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G as a Private (Menig). The men of the company called themselves the “Rock River Rangers.” His brother, Reier Thorsen , also served in Company G.

The army listed him as living in Newark, Rock County, WI, age 23, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 26, 1861 at Beloit, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 13, 1861, as a Private (Menig). Thoresen was with the provision transport from Stevenson, AL, in October 1863. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN, on November 28, 1863. He was taken prisoner at New Hope Church, GA, on May 27, 1864. Records state he survived Andersonville Prison and mustered out December 20 1864, while another source says he died September 24, 1864 while a prisoner.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 106; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA, p. 544; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 335; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 313; Nore parish register #I 1, born and baptised, p. 6, Rollag parish register #I5, born and baptised, pp. 131, 239, #I8, in- and out-migrated, p. 353,; U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,; “Numedal Civil War Veterans List from Rock Prairie”, C. H. Tollefsrude.