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Sever Larson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Sever Larson

Birth Name

Syver Larsen Hovie

Other Names

Syver Larsen Hovie; Syver Larsen Rudi; Sivert


18 Sep 1828 – 8 Jan 1885

Birth Place

Østre Slidre, Oppland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Emmet County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Emmet County, IA

Burial Location

Wallingford Lutheran Cemetery in Emmet County, IA


Kari Aslaksdatter


Lars Syversen Hovie


14 Aug 1849


Seborg Evensdatter Rudi

Spouse Lived

23 Jan 1822- 1885

Married On

9 Apr 1849

Sever Larson was born “Syver Larsen Hovie” on September 18, 1828 in Østre Slidre, Oppland, Norway, the son of Lars Syversen Hovie and Kari Aslaksdatter. He was married on April 9, 1849 to Seborg Evensdatter Rudi (1/23/1822-1885). He and his new wife came to America on “Lyna”, which sailed from Drammen, Buskerud on June 8, 1849 and arrived in NY on August 14, 1849. They came to Manitowoc County, WI. By 1860, they had moved to Buchanan Township, Manitowoc County and had four children: Carey (1850), Lars (1853), Even (1855), and Martin (1858). Christina was born after the war in 1866.

Larson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI. The army listed him as living in Emmet County, IA. He enlisted for three years on February 3, 1862 in Emmet County, IA, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig).

Larson was sick in the hospital at Iuka, MS in August 1862. He was on Military Police duty on October 27, 1862. He was wounded at Stones River, TN on December 31, 1862 and sent to hospital in Nashville, TN. Larson was sick in Winchester, TN in August 1863 and in Loudon, TN on April 13, 1864. He mustered out with Company K at Chattanooga, TN on February 10, 1865.

After the war, Larson and his wife lived in Liberty, Manitowoc County, WI. He died of consumption on January 8, 1885 in Emmet County. He was buried in Wallingford Lutheran Cemetery in Emmet County.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.146; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.632; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.284, photo, p318; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.305;  Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Four 1849, Gerhard B. Naeseth and Blaine Hedberg, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 181, IDs 2430, 2431s;  Email from Ruth Hackett, descendant); Norway Digital Archives, Slidre Ministerialbok, p.184w; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1418, Page: 339, Image: 11, Family History Library Film: 805418; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1723, Page: 165A, Image: 333, Family History Library Film: 553222; 1880 Census, Roll: 1434, Family History Film: 1255434, Page: 145C, Enumeration District: 067; Wisconsin Historical Society (picture).