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Halvor A. Lee

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 33368

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Name at EnlistHalvor A. Lee
Birth NameHalvor Aslaksen Lie
Other NamesHalvor Aslaksen Lie
Lived22 Oct 1842 - 22 Jun 1932
Birth PlaceNord-Aurland, Oppland
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InMt. Horeb, Dane County, WI
Company at EnlistmentD
Rank at EnlistmentPrivate
Muster Date27 Jan 1862
Death LocationMinneapolis, Hennepin County, WI
Burial LocationLakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN
MotherMarit Knudsdatter Dølve
Mother Lived1804-
FatherAslak Olsen Lie
Father Lived1798-
Immigration29 Jun 1848
SpouseIngeborg Olsdatter Hagene under Bøen (Isabell Johnson)
Spouse Lived1848- 2 Mar 1926
Married Onca. 1865
Marriage LocationWisconsin

Halvor A. Lee was born “Halvor Aslaksen Lie” on October 22, 1842 at Nord-Aurland, Oppland, Norway, the son of Aslak Olsen Lie and Marit Knudsdatter Dølve. He immigrated with his family circa 1849.

He 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 Lee as living in Mt. Horeb, Dane County, WI, age 20, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 14, 1862 at Mt. Horeb, and mustered at Madison, WI on January 27, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal) on December 1, 1862. Lee became unfit for service and was discharged at Murfreesboro, TN on March 2, 1863.  Halvor was a brother of soldier Ole A. Lee, who was killed at Stones River.

After the war, he  married Isabell Johnson circa 1865. They lived in Modena, Buffalo County, WI until at least 1905. They then relocated to Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN. Together, they had 11 children, including: Mary Huset (1868), Albert O. (1870), Ottis (1873), Anna M. (1876), Henry O. (1878), John (1881), Carl (1885), Helmer (1888), and Ida Foss (1893). Isabell died on March 2, 1926 and Halvor on June 22, 1932. They are both buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 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, Iowa, 1894), p.451; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.264, 306; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.276, photo, p301; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Three 1847-1848, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2000, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 107, ID 155.  1880 Census, Roll: 1417, Family History Film: 1255417, Page: 370B, Enumeration District: 102; 1900 Census, Roll: 1779, Page: 9A, Enumeration District: 0011, FHL microfilm: 1241779; 1905 WI Census, Roll # CSUSAWI1905_3, Line 48; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_703, Page: 8B, Enumeration District: 0118, FHL microfilm: 1374716; 1920 Census, Roll: T625_835, Page: 14A, Enumeration District: 116, Image: 68; 1930 Census, Roll: 1093, Page: 13B, Enumeration District: 0115, Image: 90.0, FHL microfilm: 2340828;; Wisconsin Historical Society (picture).