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Torkild Torgersen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Torkild Torgersen

Birth Name
Other Names

Tholak Tholackson, Torkel Torgerson,Thomas Torgges


11 Apr 1841 – 11 May 1921

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Cause of Death

Myocarditis and Chronic Nephritis

Burial Location

Synod Cemetery, Erskine, Polk County, MN


Annie Torgeson





Spouse Lived

18 Mar 1845

Married On

5 Feb 1865

Torkel Torgerson was born on April 11, 1841 in Saterdahl, Norway. He 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 Dane County, WI, age 21, unmarried, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and 6’ tall. He enlisted for three years on October 22, 1861, in Dane County and mustered at Madison, WI, on November 16, 1861, as a Private (Menig). On September 17, 1862, he was sick in Bowling Green, KY, wounded at Chickamauga, GA, on September 19, 1863, and sick in Stevenson, AL, on September 29, 1863. He was assigned to the Veteran Reserve Corps in Madison on January 7, 1864. He mustered out at Camp Reno in Milwaukee, WI, on November 7, 1864, his term of service having expired. On January 19, 1867, he applied for additional bounty of $100. He was then living in Leeds, Columbia County, WI.

After the war, Torkel married Christine on February 5, 1865. She was born in Spring River, WI, on March 18, 1845. They came to Minnesota in 1891. They had 12 children, 8 who lived to adulthood: Mrs. A.C. Quitbert, Mrs. P.O. Holmgren, Andrew, Theodore, Simon, Mrs. Gunder Stenerson, Thom and Edward. Torkel died on May 11, 1921, from myocarditis and chronic nephritis. He was buried in Synod Cemetery, Erskine, MN.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 92; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA, p. 520;  Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 308; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 337.