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Hans Halvorson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Hans Halvorson

Birth Name

Hans Halvorson

Other Names

Hans Halvorsen Kjeldalen; Halvorsen


18 Jul 1838 – 7 Jan 1924

Birth Place

Hjartdal, Telemark

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Neenah, Winnebago County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861

Death Location

Brooten, Stearns County, MN

Burial Location

Big Grove Cemetery at Belgrade, Stearns County, MN


Anne Sørensdatter Hovland


Halvor Olsen Kjeldalen


14 Aug 1848

Hans Halvorson was born “Hans Halvorsen Kjeldalen” on July 18, 1838 in Hjartdal, Telemark, Norway, the son of Halvor Olsen Kjeldalen and Anne Sørensdatter Hovland. He came to America from Tuddal, Hjartdal, with his parents and seven siblings on “Lolland”, sailing from Larvik and arriving in NY on August 14, 1848. They came to WI to Walworth County, then in 1851 to Columbia County, and in 1860 to the Winchester settlement in Winnebago County.

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 Neenah, Winnebago County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 5, 1861 at Neenah, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 8, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was temporarily appointed as a wagoner for the commissary supply train during July 1862. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863. In May 1864, he fought in battles of Resaca, GA and Pickett’s Mill, GA. He was taken prisoner at Pickett’s Mill (New Hope Church) on May 27, 1864, and sent to Andersonville prison for a long time. He was released in early 1865. He mustered out at Madison on March 25, 1865.

In 1865, he moved to Belgrade, MN. He died on January 7, 1924 at Brooten, Stearns County, and is buried in Big Grove Cemetery at Belgrade. He was a brother of soldiers Halvor, Kittel and Soren Halvorsen.


Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office boxes 76-6, 78-3, 79-2; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.60; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1895, p.443; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.286; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.301; History of the Town of Winchester, Winnebago, County, Wisconsin, Winchester Area Historical Society, publ. 2002, p.4-11; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Three. 1847-1848, Gerhard B. Naeseth (Madison, WI, 2000), number 1282.