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Henry Lewis

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Henry Lewis

Birth Name

Helje Larsen Tysdal

Other Names



24 Nov 1825 – ca. 1870

Birth Place

Tysdal, Årdal parish, Hjelmeland, Rogaland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Perry, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861


Anne Heljesdatter Riskedal

Mother Lived

1807-3 Apr 1888


Lars Larsen Brevig

Father Lived

1793-21 Jun 1877




Gurie Olsdatter/Julia

Married On

1 May 1855

Marriage Location

Dane County, WI

Helje Larsen was born on the Tysdal farm and left the Årdal parish in April 1853, from the Helgeslandshougen farm.  His parents and siblings followed in 1854, 1855, and 1856.

Henry Lewis joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.” The army listed him as living in Perry, Dane County, WI, age 36, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 28, 1861, in Dane County, and mustered on December 8, 1861, at Madison, WI, as a Corporal (Korporal). He was discharged from the service for disability at Camp near Murfreesboro, TN, on April 9, 1863, by order of Major General Rosecrans.

Helge Larson marired Gurie Olsdatter in Dane County, WI, in 1855.  They had at least two children, Anne/Annie H. (1855-1935) and Ole H. (1860-1928). His widow, Julia, filed a pension in his name in 1872.


Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 70; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th E Company, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing;Det Femtende Regiment Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 487; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 264; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 305; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_281;; “Norwegian Immigrants 1850 and later”, database, NAGCNL, #33377;