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Knud J. Mjelde

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Knud J. Mjelde

Birth Name

Knud Johannesen Mjeldetvedt

Other Names



15 Jun 1833 – 10 Feb 1912

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Madison, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Sep 1861

Death Location

Chicago, Cook County, IL

Burial Location

Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL


Magdelie Monsdatter


Johannes Knudsen Mjelde


ca. 1861


Ingeborg Marie

Spouse Lived

1839- 1924

Married On

ca. 1862

Marriage Location


Knud J. Mjelde was born on June 15, 1833 in Norway. His parents were Johannes Knudsen Mjelde and Magdelie Monsdatter. He immigrated about 1861 to WI. There, he married Ingeborg Marie in 1862.

Mjelde joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Mjelde as living in Madison, Dane County, WI, age 29, and married. He enlisted for three years on September 14, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on September 16, 1861 as a Corporal (Korporal). He was sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 in June 1862. Mjelde was given leave and stayed away too long. Later, he was sick and became unfit for service and was discharged for disease on November 3, 1862 at Madison.

After his discharge, he and Ingeborg lived in WI. He worked as a shoemaker. Together, they had nine children, including: Bernhart (1863), Hubert (1865), Matilda (1867), Fred (1870), Hannah (1873), Nordahl (1878), Nora (1882), and Valborg (1884). By 1900, they had relocated to Chicago, IL. He died on February 10, 1912 in Chicago, and Ingeborg died in 1924. They are both buried in Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.32; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.390; 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.296; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p.809; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_331; 1880 Census, Roll: 1421, Family History Film: 1255421, Page: 210C, Enumeration District: 058; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_257, Page: 8A, Enumeration District: 0711, FHL microfilm: 1374270; 1900 Census, Roll: 259, Page: 1B, Enumeration District: 0367, FHL microfilm: 1240259;; Cook County, Illinois Deaths Index, FHL Film #1287624; Norway Digital Archives, Haus prgj., Hordaland Ministerialbok, no. A 14/1827-1838, p.52. (Note: The death record says he was born on June 12, but the birth record says June 15.)