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John Haldorson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Haldorson

Birth Name

Joen Haldorsen Qvileqval

Other Names

John Haldorsen Kvilekval


1810 – Oct 1864

Birth Place

Evanger, Voss

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Chicago, Cook County, IL

Company at Enlistment


2nd Company


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

18 Nov 1861

Burial Location

Liberty Prairie Lutheran Cemetery


Brita Torbjørnsdatter Rasdalen


Haldor Johnsen Kvilekval


8 Sep 1843


Sigvor Knudsdatter Kvamme

Spouse Lived

1809- 1849

Married On

21 Jun 1838

2nd Spouse

Ragnild Nelsdatter Glimme

2nd Spouse Lived


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.