IL 4th Cav Co B. Residence: Morris, Grundy County, Illinois. Born “Valtin Gundersen Aarvaagen” on 6 Dec 1834 at Nedstrand, Rogaland, Norway, son of Gunder Christiansen Aarvaagen and Margrethe Valtinsdatter. He, his parents and six siblings came to America on “Norden”, which sailed from Stavanger and arrived in New York on 15 Jul 1846. Civil War: Farmer. Age 26. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’11”. Enlisted for three years on 4 Sep 1861 at Morris. Mustered 26 Sep 1861 at Ottawa, Illinois. Private. Mustered out as a Sergeant on 3 Nov 1864 at Springfield, Illinois. Post war: Married twice; name of first wife unknown, second wife was Hannah Thralstrom. Two children. Lived at Riverside, California. Died there 11 May 1928. Sources: (ILSA reel 13 p 99) (Naeseth ’46-419) He was a brother of Gunner Gunnerson, IL 36th Inf.