This extensive database contains information on the lives and service of Civil War soldiers who were born in Norway.

The data was compiled from research conducted between 1997 and 2003 by Jerry Rosholt, a journalist and later producer for NBC Nightly News. In addition to the database, Rosholt served as guest historian a major exhibition on Norwegians in the Civil War at Vesterheim and authored a companion volume. Ole Goes to War: Men from Norway Who Fought in America’s Civil War, by Jerry Rosholt, is available through Vesterheim’s Museum Store.

Database Sources – a list of sources of the information and explanation of abbreviations listed at the end of the entries.

Abbreviations & Database Clues – includes more information about how to use this database.

Soldiers’ Names – includes more information about rural Norwegian naming customs and the name changes that often occurred after emigration to the United States.

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Vesterheim’s Norwegians in the Civil War project was made possible through the generous support of Hamlet and Suzanne Peterson, Rochester, Minn., and a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The companion volume Ole Goes to War: Men from Norway Who Fought in America’s Civil War, by Jerry Rosholt, was made possible through a gift from the Government of Norway in honor of Vesterheim’s 125th Anniversary.

We are grateful to The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation of Stoughton, Wisc., for their generous grant in support of the online database.

Additional support for sharing the research of Jerry Rosholt comes from Darlene Rosholt, Gerald R. Sime, Donald and Faye Aamodt, Robert Rosholt, Robert Sande, Dirk Rosholt, Greg Rosholt, and Sons of Norway Nordic 1-502.

Last Name

Collins, Samuel

US Navy. Born 1821 in Norway. Civil War: Mariner. Age 44. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5″3″. Enlisted Feb 1865 in New York. Sources:…

Loeng, Hovel Svendsen

WI 8th Inf Co C. Residence: Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Born in 1821 in Nordre Land, Oppland County, Norway, son of Svend Hovelsen Loeng and Inger…

Henrickson, Charles Augustus

ME 3rd Inf Co G. Residence: Waterville, Maine. Born Oct 1837 in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. Was a sailor but shipwrecked off the Maine coast in…

Pederson, Even

MN 4th Inf Co H. Residence: Nicollet County, Minnesota. Born 1824 in Geau or Gean, Norway. Married Kjersti Swensbaken on 5 July 1860 at Granby,…

Salverson, Gunder

CA 1st Co F. Residence: Fort Jones, Siskiyou County, California. Born 6 Sep 1834 in Norway, son of Salve Gundersen Flateland “Såve Gunnarsson” and Thorbjør…


WI 15th Inf Co ?. Civil War: Private. Post war: Lived in Primrose, Wisconsin. Later moved to Mt. Horeb. Was alive at age 93. Sources:…

HUNDEBY, Theodor K.

WI 15th Inf Co K. Residence: Silver Lake Township, Worth County, Iowa. Born at Hof, Solor, Hedmark, Norway, on 5 Dec 1842. Came to America…

HUS, Borre

From Arendal. Civil War: Member of the Settlers “Home Guard”, in the Indian Wars and served in Texas during the Civil war. Private. Post war:…




Spanish-American War: Private. Post war: Lived in Brown County, Kansas. Sources: (Ulvestad p293)

HUSET, Andrew O.

WI 45th Inf Co E. Civil War: Private. Post war: Buried at East Blue Mounds, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin; stone reads “24 Feb 1821 – 15…

HUSTAD, Jacob M.

IA 12th Inf Co B. Residence: Makee, Iowa [Clark County, Wisconsin]. From Inderoen prestegjeld, Trondhjem, Norway. Civil War: Age 30. Enlisted 18 Dec 1863. Mustered…

HUNT, Giles F.

IA 7th Inf Co I. Residence: Iowa. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 18. Enlisted 5 Sep 1864. Mustered 5 Sep 1864. Private. Mustered out…


Spanish-American War: Private. Post war: Lived at Devils Lake, North Dakota. Sources: (Ulvestad p293)


Spanish-American War: Private. Post war: Lived in Dunn County, Wisconsin. Sources: (Ulvestad p293)

HUSS, Ole O.

MN 3rd Inf Co D. Residence: Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota. Born in Hallingdal, Norway. Civil War: Age 41. Enrolled 10 Oct 1861. Mustered 4…


From Eidsvold, Norway. Civil War: Private. Post war: Lived at Lakeville, Minnesota. Sources: (Ulvestad p293)

HUNTLEY, Permanes F.

MN Hv Arty 1st Reg Co M. Residence not shown. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 43. Enrolled 11 Feb 1865. Mustered the same day.…


From Tinn, Telemarken, Norway. Civil War: Private. Post war: Lived in Fillmore County, Minnesota. Sources: (Ulvestad p293)

HUS, Ole O.

MN 10th Inf Co D. Residence: Holden, Goodhue County, Minnesota. Nativity not shown. Civil War: Age 23. Enrolled 22 Aug 1862. Mustered 9 Oct 1862.…