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  • Soldiers’ Names
    Nielson Nilsen Nilson Olson Ohlson Oldson Oldston Olesen Oleson Olsen Olssen Olsson Osolsson Osmundson Aasmundsen Ostenson Aastensen Peterson Patterson Pedersen Pederson Petersen Reierson Reiersen Ryersen Seim Saim Sime Severson Seversen Sivertsen Siverson Syversen Syverson Simonson Simonsen Swenson Svendsen Svendson Svensen Swanson Swinson Thompson Thomason Thomassen Tomson Thoreson Thoresen Thorsen Thorson Torgerson Tergerson Torgersen Torgison Torgusen Torguson Torkelson Torkelsen Torkildsen Torkilson Torgleson Torstenson Torstensen Torstenston Tostenson About Norwegian Names Anyone searching Norwegian soldiers is handicapped by changing names Young Norwegians used one name in Norway frequently another in the army and a third after the war was over In Norway a young man would be known by his given name and his father s As an example Ole son of Johan would be known as Ole Johansen If additional identity was needed he would add his farm name Myre he was Ole Johansen who lived on Myre When he came to America and enlisted he gave his name as he generally did Ole Johansen and the Yankee clerk would write Ole Johnson and Ole Johnson is how the soldier would be known An additional point of confusion results from the fact that Norway was a part of Sweden in the nineteenth century An enlistee might give his place of birth as Norway the Yankee clerk would write Sweden After the war the immigrant soldier acquired a farm got married started a family and began to think seriously about what he wanted himself and his farm to be called Take for example Sergeant George Johnson of the Wisconsin 15th Company G He came to America in 1854 After the war he acquired a farm near Ridgeway Winneshiek County Iowa He took back his baptismal name adopted his old Norway farm name and became Guttorm Hovden It took help from Guttorm Hovden s

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  • Abbreviations & Data Clues
    in the military They may not be the names such men adopted after discharge In cases of men of the same name the next sorting is by state using modern postal code and similar abbreviations CA California CO Colorado DT Dakota Territory IA Iowa IL Illinois IN Indiana KS Kansas LA Louisiana MI Michigan MN Minnesota MO Missouri NC North Carolina ND North Dakota NE Nebraska NJ New Jersey NY New York OH Ohio PA Pennsylvania SD South Dakota TX Texas US United States VT Vermont WI Wisconsin Additional abbreviations Cav Cavalry Hv Arty Heavy Artillery Co Company Inf Infantry Lt Arty Light Artillery Reg Regiment The information is arranged as follows Name Unit Residence at time of enlistment Place and time of birth etc Immigration and other pre war biographical notes Civil War or other war All military information Post war All post war biographical information including pensions granted Sources Where this soldier s information came from Finally in quotes other names and spellings associated with this soldier Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Collections What Is In Vesterheim s Collections Visit Special Collections and Archives Nordic Archives

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  • Database Sources
    Scott Campbell Meeker Middleton WI posted on the Internet 29 Nov 1998 Meeker s website www 15thwisconsin com includes many photos and individual stories of Norwegians in the famous 15th MINN Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Minnesota Publ Pioneer Printing Co 1866 MSAW Minnesota in the Spanish American War by Franklin F Holbrook publ Minnesota War Records Commission St Paul 1923 Naeseth Norwegian Immigrants to the United States by Gerhard B Naeseth a director of the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library Madison Naeseth spent 48 years of his life working on genealogy first of his own family and then of others His work is the basis for a five volume biographical directory of Norwegians arriving in the United States from 1825 through 1850 The first volume was published in 1993 shortly before Naeseth s death His assistant Blaine Hedberg completed volumes two through four and is at work on volume five Naeseth Hedberg Volume four of the series Norwegian Immigrants to the United States Nelson History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States Vols I and II Publ 1900 O N Nelson Co Minneapolis Obituaries Most county historical societies collect obituaries of veterans We have searched many such libraries and will search more The Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library in Madison has many privately printed family histories ONI Our Norwegian Immigrants edited by John Thallaug Rolf Erickson Publ Dreyers Forlag Oslo c1978 Oudenstad Oudenstad Halvard Utvandringen til Amerika fra Biri Snertingdal Vardal Gjovik 1846 1915 publ Gjovik historielag Norway 1981 Pension List The Executive Documents printed by order of the Senate of the United States for the second session of the 47th Congress 1882 83 List of Pensioners on the roll Jan 1 1883 Quiner The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union by Edwin B Quiner publ 1866 Clarke Co Chicago Republished in 2000 by the St Croix Valley Civil War Round Table Hudson WI Quiner a journalist and printer in Madison began gathering Wisconsin stories early in the Civil War He died in 1868 Rokke Lee Rokke is a celebrated genealogist in Minnesota She is a long time member of the Norwegian American Genealogical Association Her specialty is family histories of immigrants from Sigdal and Eggedal Roll of Honor The Army Quartermaster General shortly after the Civil War began publishing a series of burial rosters of various cemeteries This Roll of Honor series now runs 27 volumes containing 228 639 names Not all burial sites are included There are duplicates and there are errors Nonetheless this is the only record of burials of Union soldiers These books along with a name Index have been reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company Baltimore Maryland Rygg Norwegians in New York 1825 1925 by A N Rygg Publ by The Norwegian News Company Brooklyn NY 1941 RUS The Roster of Union Soldiers 1861 1865 by Janet Hewett publ by Broadfoot Publ Co Wilmington NC 1998 RWV Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers

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  • Acknowledgments
    Jerry Rosholt was made possible through a gift from the Government of Norway in honor of Vesterheim s 125th Anniversary Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Collections What Is In Vesterheim s Collections Visit Special Collections and Archives Nordic Archives Catalog Virtual Galleries Civil War Database Soldiers Names Abbreviations Data Clues Database Sources Acknowledgments Home Collections Civil War Database

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  • Hours And Admissions
    off in the Museum Store All active duty National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day through the Blue Star Museums program Please show military ID upon arrival Take your time and tour Vesterheim s Main Building at your own pace There is a lot to see If you want to see it all we d advise a full day Don t have that long Check out What to See in an Hour Guided tours of the museum s Open Air Division are included with admission price and are scheduled at 1 30 p m daily May 1 through Oct 31 Tours occasionally take place at different times Please confirm tour time with a desk attendant upon your arrival or call ahead Accessibility All areas of the Main Building Westby Torgerson Education Center Amdal Odland Heritage Center and the Bethania Lutheran Church are wheelchair accessible but some of the historic buildings in the Open Air Division are not We apologize for any inconvenience Please let us know if any member of your party requires special accommodation or assistance Photography You may take non flash photos throughout the museum complex for personal noncommercial use only and we encourage you to share your favorite shots on Facebook Flickr TripAdvisor Yelp and other social networking sites All flash photography is prohibited and commercial use of images of Vesterheim s collections or grounds is strictly forbidden without prior written consent High quality images of artifacts are available for a fee For further information please contact Alison Dwyer at 563 382 9681 or Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Special Exhibitions Read More Membership Join over 6 000 others from

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  • Vesterheim Museum Map
    Email this Page Visit What is Vesterheim Plan Your Visit Hours And Admissions Museum Map Where is Vesterheim Directions and Parking Possible Itineraries Want to See a Specific Object The Fladager Reference Library Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Group Tours School and Youth Groups Contact Home Visit Plan Your Visit Museum Map Visit Exhibitions Collections Events Norway Tours Join Give Store Folk Art School About Contact Search

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  • Where is Vesterheim?
    area and is approximately 60 miles from Rochester Minnesota La Crosse Wisconsin and Waterloo Iowa Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Visit What is Vesterheim Plan Your Visit Hours And Admissions Museum Map Where is Vesterheim Directions and Parking Possible Itineraries Want to See a Specific Object The Fladager Reference Library Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County

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  • Directions and Parking
    free street parking in front of the Bruening Visitor Center and the museum s Main Building From the Northeast on the Locust Road County Road W38 Turn left on College Drive Follow College Drive which curves to the left into Water Street Drive forward for free street parking in front of or next to the museum s Main Building and the Bruening Visitor Center Continue past the museum block for free parking in numerous public city lots off Water Street From the East on Highway 9 Turn right on Montgomery Street which curves to the left into Water Street Follow Water Street to the corner of River Street for free parking in numerous public city lots to the right on Water Street Continue straight on Water Street past Mechanic Street for free street parking in front of the Bruening Visitor Center and the museum s Main Building From the West on Highway 9 Turn left on Short Street which curves to the left into Mechanic Street Follow Mechanic Street to the corner of Water Street Turn right for free parking in numerous public city lots on Water Street Turn left for free street parking in front of the Bruening Visitor

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