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Christian Ruste

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
Christian  Ruste Profile Image
Taken January or February 1862 at Madison, Wisconsin, shortly after he enlisted.
Photograph courtesy of Christian's great-great-great grandneice, Rayne Arneson.

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Name at Enlist

Christian Ruste

Birth Name
Other Names

Kristian M. Røste, Christen Martin Arnesen Røste


ca. 1845 – 02 May 1862

Birth Place

Røste farm, Etnedalen, Valdres, Oppland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Blue Mounds, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Jan 1862

Cause of Death

Typhoid fever

Death Location

Island No. 10, TN, in the Mississippi River

Burial Location

Buried as an unidentified soldier, Memphis National Cemetery, City of Memphis, TN


Siri (Sigrid) Andersdatter Kleivgard

Mother Lived



Arne Ellingson (Erlandson) Blåflat

Father Lived



7 Aug 1850

Christian Ruste born in Sondre Aurdal, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Blue Mounds, Dane County, WI, a farmer, age 17, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’6”. He enlisted for three years on January 9, 1862, at La Crosse, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on January 11, 1862, as a Private (Menig). He died of nerve fever in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on May 2, 1862, and was buried at Mississippi River National Cemetery, Memphis, TN.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7, -15; 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; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 277, photo, p.305; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA , p. 492; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 326.