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Martin J. Norde

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 87547

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Name at Enlist

Martin J. Norde

Birth Name

Morten Johannessen Hjelle

Other Names

Morten Nordre


23 Nov 1840 – 22 Nov 1890

Birth Place

Hjelle, Ringebu, Oppland fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Death Location

Alexandria, Douglas County, MN

Burial Location

Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria, Douglas County, MN


Anne Gulbrandsdatter


Johans Mortensen Nyflot





Spouse Lived

1842- 13 May 1900

Martin J. Norde was born at Hjelle, Ringebu, Oppland, the son of Johans Mortensen and Anne Gulbrandsdatter. His parents affectionately called him “Lillemorten”. He had move to the Nyflot farm by 1856 and used that name when he left the parish for America in 1857.

Norde joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed Norde as living in Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI, and age 19. He enlisted for three years on November 20, 1861 at Scandinavia, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was with the provisions transport from Stevenson, AL in October 1863 and was then sent on recruiting duty on November 21, 1863. On January 1, 1865, he was promoted to Sergeant of Ordnance (orderly?) and then to First Sergeant (Sersjant). Norde mustered out on February 10, 1865.

After the war, Norde married Isabelle/Isabella. In 1870, they were living in Ida, Douglas County, MN. He was working as a farmer. In 1880, he was working as a merchant in Alexandria, Douglas County. He died on November 22, 1890 and is buried in Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria. His wife died on May 13, 1900 and is buried in the same cemetery.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-11; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.126; DCHS, 1890 Veterans Census card file; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.602; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.154 photo, p.315; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.260; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_3, Page: 1022, Image: 250, Family History Library Film: 830423; 1880 Census, Roll: 618, Family History Film: 1254618, Page: 489C, Enumeration District: 014, Image: 0663;; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_350; Ringebu parish register #5, born and baptised, p. 34,