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Gunder Gunderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Gunder Gunderson

Birth Name

Gunder Gundersen

Other Names

Gunder G. Hanna


12 Feb 1839 – 1920

Birth Place

Sandnes Parish, Rogaland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Primrose, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861

Burial Location

Hanna Cemetery, Forest City, Winnebago County, Iowa


Delia Andersen


Gunder Jacobsen

Father Lived

1801- 1877


Dorthe Charlsdatter Raby

Spouse Lived

1843- 1888

Married On

29 May 1867

2nd Spouse

Kirsten E. Lockhardt

2nd Spouse Lived

1861- 1933

Gunder Gunderson was born on February 12, 1839 in Sandnes Parish, Rogaland, Norway, the son of Gunder Jacobsen and Delia Andersen. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Gunderson as living in Primrose, Dane County, WI, age 23, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 12, 1861 in Dane County, and mustered on December 8, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Sergeant (Sersjant). He was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of Stones River near Murfreesboro, TN on December 30, 1862. Gunderson was paroled and sent to Camp Chase, OH from December 1862 to October 1863. He was then reduced to ranks. He returned from parole camp on June 16, 1863. On June 22, 1863, he was sent back to parole camp at St. Louis, MO, not having been exchanged. He returned from parole camp on June 16, 1864. He was sick on July 18, 1864 into August. He was promoted from Private to Sergeant on September 1, 1864. He mustered out with the company in Chattanooga, TN on December 20, 1864.

After the war, Gunder Gunderson married Dorthea Charleson, a widow with two children, on May 29, 1867 in Dane County, WI. She was also born in Norway. They moved to Mt. Valley Township, Winnebago County, IA. After Dorthea died in 1888, he married Kirsten. Gunderson had at least 8 children: Maria (1868), Gundar (1870), Bertel (1872), Hans (1874), Julianna (1877), Howard (1881), Ingval (1884), and Gyda (1894). Both Gunder and Dorthea were buried in Hanna Cemetery, Forest City, Winnebago County, IA.


Sources: Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.70; List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Living in Iowa, William L. Alexander, Des Moines, IA ,1886, p.705; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.477; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.275 photo, p.303; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.259, p.287; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.621; email to Dee Grimsrud from Mary Lawson;; 1880 Census, Roll: 370, Family History Film: 1254370, Page: 641C, Enumeration District: 231, Image: 0184.