GJERTSEN, Isaac

WI 8th Inf Co K. Residence: Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 28. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’6½”. Enlisted for three years on 5 Sep 1861 at Racine. Mustered 18 Sep 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin. Enlistment credited to Bloomfield, Walworth County, Wisconsin. Private. Was in battles of Fredericktown, Missouri, 21 Oct 1861; New Madrid, Missouri, and Mississippi River Island No. 10 during April 1862; Farmington 9 May 1862; Corinth 28 May 1862; skirmishes and battles at Iuka 12, 15 & 19 Sep 1862 and Corinth 3 & 4 Oct 1862; skirmish at Raymond, Mississippi; Mississippi Springs; battle of Jackson 14 May; assault on Vicksburg 22 May; Mechanicsville 4 Jun; Richmond, Louisiana, 14 Jun; Boughchyham Creek 16 & 17 Oct 1863. Re-enlisted as a veteran for three years on 24 Feb 1864 at Black River Bridge, Mississippi. Bounty $402. Mustered 9 Mar 1864 at Vicksburg. He was in the 15 battles and skirmishes of the Red River Expedition in March, April and May 1864. At Lake Chicot 6 Jun 1864. Home on Reenlistment furlough during March 1864. Was in battles of Hurricane Creek, Mississippi, 13 Aug 1864; Abbeyville 23 Aug 1864; on expedition through Arkansas and Missouri during September, October and November 1864; battle of Nashville, Tennessee, 15 & 16 Dec 1864; Fish River; Mobile Bay 22 & 23 March; Spanish Fort, Mobile Bay, 9 Apr 1865; and Mobile 12 Apr 1865. Mustered out 5 Sep 1865. Post war: Buried at Riverside cemetery, Stoughton, Wisconsin; stone reads “1831 – 1879”. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 39-14) (red book vol 13 p 184) [The red book entry shows the name “Isaac Grestigen”. The Series 1200 muster roll shows “Isaac Gjertsen” and gives enlistment date as 31 Oct 1863.] (Wisconsin Cemetery Records) (Hedberg) “Gjestson, Isaac” “Gjeston, Isaak”

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