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John Haldorson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at EnlistJohn Haldorson
Birth NameJoen Haldorsen Qvileqval
Other NamesJohn Haldorsen Kvilekval
Lived1810 - Oct 1864
Birth PlaceEvanger, Voss
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InChicago, Cook County, IL
Company at EnlistmentD
2nd CompanyA
Rank at EnlistmentPrivate
Muster Date18 Nov 1861
Burial LocationLiberty Prairie Lutheran Cemetery
MotherBrita Torbjørnsdatter Rasdalen
FatherHaldor Johnsen Kvilekval
Immigration8 Sep 1843
SpouseSigvor Knudsdatter Kvamme
Spouse Lived1809- 1849
Married On21 Jun 1838
2nd SpouseRagnild Nelsdatter Glimme
2nd Spouse Lived1826-

John Haldorson was born “Johan Haldorsen Kvilekval” in 1810 at Evanger, Voss, Norway. He was the son of Haldor Johnsen Kvilekval and Brita Torbjørnsdatter Rasdalen. He was married on June 21, 1838 to Sigvor Knudsdatter Kvamme (1809-1849). They came to America with daughter Brita on “Mercurius”, which sailed from Bergen and arrived in NY on September 8, 1843. Another daughter, Johanna, was born on the voyage. They came to Chicago. He was married a second time to Ragnild Nelsdatter Glimme (1826-?) at an unknown date.

Haldorson joined WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of the company called themselves the “St. Olaf’s Rifles.” They were also known as the “Sailor Company” because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the “Chicago Company” because so many of its members were residents of that city. The army listed Haldorson as living in Chicago, Cook County, IL, age 52, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 16, 1861 at Chicago, and he mustered November 18, 1861 at Madison, WI into Company D as a Private (Menig). Transferred from D Company at Mississippi River Island No. 10, 3 May 1862 to Company A. He became unfit for service and was discharged from the service for sickness in Nashville on December 20, 1862. He died on October 1864. He was buried in Liberty Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 78-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.16, Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, compiled circa 1885, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.14; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.351; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.292, 300; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.286; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, A Biographical Directory, 1925-1850, Volume One, 1825-1843, Gerhard B. Naeseth, Madison, WI, 1993, 1843, no.1656; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL.