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Halvor O. Halvorson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at EnlistHalvor O. Halvorson
Birth Name
Lived4 Aug 1839 - 15 Sep 1919
Birth PlaceLaurdals Clerical District, Øvre Telemarken
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InKilbourn City, Columbia County, WI
Company at EnlistmentD
Rank at EnlistmentCorporal
Muster Date1 Jan 1862
Death LocationIola, Waupaca County, WI
Burial LocationZion Lutheran Cemetery, Iola, Waupaca, WI
Spouseunknown name
2nd SpouseCarrie (Karen)
2nd Spouse Lived2 Jan 1852- 4 Aug 1923
2nd Marriage Date1880

Halvor O. Halvorson was born on August 4, 1939 in Laurdals Clerical District, Øvre Telemarken, Norway. He immigrated in 1853 to WI.

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 Kilbourn City, Columbia County, WI, age 22, and married. He enlisted for three years on November 6, 1861 at Kilbourn City, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 8, 1861. He was appointed Corporal (Korporal) on January 1, 1862. He was left sick at home in Kilbourn City on March 2, 1862. On June 3, 1862, he was reported to be absent without leave for a month. He was reduced to ranks. Halvorson was sick in Bowling Green, KY on September 17, 1862. One report says he ran away from the Bowling Green hospital on July 2, 1864 and was listed as a deserter. However he produced discharge papers showing that he had become unfit for service and was discharged from the service on March 4, 1863. He was listed then as a Private (Menig).

Halvorson married an unknown woman after leaving the service. They had several children, including Ole (1863), Abraham (1865), and Gustavus (1868). He married his second wife, Carrie (Karen), in 1880. Together, their children were Catherine (1880), Alfred (1883), Henry M. (1885), Claudenia (1888), and Kenneth (1891). In 1880 and 1900, Halvor and Carrie were living in Stevens Point, Portage County, WI. He worked as a lumberman. Both were buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Iola, Waupaca, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 77-3, 78-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.56; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.443; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.263; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.276, photo, p.301; Wisconsin Cemetery Records; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_195;; 1880 Census, Roll: 1442, Family History Film: 1255442, Page: 180C, Enumeration District: 146; 1900 Census, Roll: 1812, Page: 14B, Enumeration District: 0112, FHL microfilm: 1241812.