Skip Navigation

Halvor J. Halvorson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

Database Record Change Request

Name at EnlistHalvor J. Halvorson
Birth NameHalvor Olsen
Other NamesHalvor O. Halvorson
Lived8 Mar 1846 -
Birth PlaceGjerpen, Telemark
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InOconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI
Company at EnlistmentD
Rank at EnlistmentPrivate
Muster Date10 Dec 1861
MotherJohanne Marie Johannesdtr
Mother Lived1819-
FatherOle Halvorsen
Father Lived1822-
SpouseCaroline T. Oleson
Spouse Lived4 Aug 1855
Married On8 Oct 1876
Marriage LocationNew Ulm, Brown, MN

Halvor J. Halvorson was born in Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway on March 8, 1846 to Ole Halvorsen and Johanne Marie Johannesdtr. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1855. In 1860, he was living in Oconomowoc, WI with his parents and siblings, Ingeborg (1838), Anna (1844), John (1850), Clemmen (1854), and Niels (1860).

Halvorson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Wolf Hunters.” They were also known as the “Waupun Company” because so many of its members were from Waupun.

The army listed Halvorson as living in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI, age 15, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 30, 1861 at Oconomowoc, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 10, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was assigned as Musician. He was sick in Nashville, TN on December 1, 1862. He became unfit for service and was discharged from the service for disability on February 7, 1863 at Nashville.

In 1870, Halvorson, his parents, and siblings were living in Linden, Brown County, MN. He was helping on the family farm. On October 8, 1876, Halvorson married Caroline T. Oleson in New Ulm, Brown, MN. Their children were: Oscar Theodore (1877), Betsey Josephine (1880), Lorens (1883), Emma L. (1885), Ella M. (1887), H. Clarance (1889), and Albert (1891). Halvor and Caroline continued to live in Linden, MN.


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 58; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] by Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p 442; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p 301; Digital Archives, Gjerpen, Telemark, Ministerialbok, 1846; Minnesota Marriage Records, Batch #: M73680-4, GS Film #1309453, Ref ID: p.321; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1436, Page: 946, Image: 640, Family History Library Film: 805436; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_1, Page: 1008, Image: 525, Family History Library Film: 830421; 1880 Census, Roll: 616, Family History Film: 1254616, Page: 36D, Enumeration District: 023, Image: 0077; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_691, Page: 1A, Enumeration District: 0043, FHL microfilm: 1374704; MN 1895 Census, Roll #V290_51.