IA 12th Inf Co G. Residence: Decorah, Winneshiek County Iowa. Born in Ringerike, Norway, 28 Apr 1834. Civil War: Age 25. Enlisted 9 Oct 1861. Mustered 5 Nov 1861. Private. Wounded 15 Feb 1862, Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Taken prisoner 6 Apr 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee. Paroled at Montgomery, Alabama, in May 1862. Discharged from the service for disability 23 Apr 1863. Post war: Married 3 Jan 1864 in Clayton County, Iowa, to Jorun Olson [Valle]. Lived in Freeborn County, Minnesota. Letters of guardianship dated 26 Oct 1886, show him living in the Insane Hospital at Rochester, Minnesota. Died 26 Oct 1886 at Rochester, age 52. Buried in Springwater Cemetery, Canoe Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Surname on grave marker is “Danstua”. Sources: (ISW-II p443) (e-mail, Norman Hjelmeland, Des Moines, Iowa)