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Thor Knudson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Thor Knudson

Birth Name
Other Names

Thore; Tore Knutson


20 Jan 1836 – 14 Apr 1917

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Barre, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment

Private and Musician

Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Death Location


Burial Location

Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI



Spouse Lived

16 Jun 1849- 9 Mar 1924

Married On

ca. 1868

Marriage Location


Thor Knudson was born on January 20, 1836 in Valders, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.” The army listed him as living in Barre, La Crosse County, WI, age 24, and unmarried. Knudson enlisted for three years on December 7, 1861 in La Crosse County, and mustered on December 20, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig) and Musician. He was sent to the Division Hospital on August 3, 1864. Knudson was in Chattanooga Hospital when he was last heard from. He mustered out with Company E in Chattanooga, TN on December 20, 1864.

After the war, Knudson returned to La Crosse, WI. He married Betsy about 1868. Together, they had four children, two of whom were still living in 1910: Charlie (1869) and Tillman (1879). He died on April 14, 1917.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.76; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Company E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.486; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.277, photo, p.304; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_267;; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_1716, Page: 7B, Enumeration District: 0106, FHL microfilm: 1375729.