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Arne Helgeson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Arne Helgeson

Birth Name

Arne Holgesen Øen

Other Names

Arne Helgesen Hagen


1 Feb 1828 – 15 Jun 1909

Birth Place

Ål, Buskerud

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Clermont, Fayette County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Death Location

Lyon County, IA

Burial Location

Our Saviors Lutheran Church Cemetery, Inwood, Lyon County, IA


Taran Knudsdatter


Holge Knudsen


left 8 Apr 1857


Sigrid (Sigri) Olsdtr

Spouse Lived

26 Jul 1828- 22 Jan 1913

Married On

28 Dec 1849

Arne Helgeson was born at Ål, Buskerud, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves “Heg’s Rifles” in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the “Voss Company” because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.

The army listed Helgeson as living in Clermont, Fayette County, IA, age 34, and married. He enlisted on January 29, 1862 at Clermont, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was in hospital at Bowling Green, KY on September 17, 1862, and in Nashville, TN on December 26, 1862. He was sick in Knoxville, TN on February 28, 1864. He was sent to hospital on July 18, 1864 and then to the hospital in Chattanooga, TN on July 23, 1864. He was mustered out with H Company on February 13, 1865 at Chattanooga. In 1892, he was a farmer in Inwood, Lyon County, IA. Arne and Sigrid had at least three children, including: Annette A. (1862), Knute (1866), and Syver (1869).


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.116; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.562; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.309; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; court records of marriage, immigration and death from Lyon County, IA provided by Herb Martin, a descendant; Buskerud fylke, Ål, Ministerialbok nr. I 6 (1849-1864), Ekteviede [Marriages] 1850, page 125; Buskerud fylke, Ål, Ministerialbok nr. I 6 (1849-1864), Utflyttede [Emigrations] 1857, page 239;; Iowa 1885 Census, p.136; Iowa 1905 Census, FHL #: 001430510.