HANSON, Edward

US 16th Inf Co H. Winneshiek County, Iowa. Born 18 Dec 1844 at Hakedalen, Norway, son of Hans Eriksen and Anne Maria Gulbrandsdatter. Emigrated to Decorah, Winneshiek County Iowa in 1853. Civil War: Age 18. Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, 5’6”. Enlisted 24 Feb 1862. Private. Wounded at Chickamauga. According to his 1879 pension record, he still carried a musket ball in his arm. Discharged from the service 24 Feb 1865 at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Post war: Married Martha Knudsdatter 17 Mar 1866 at Decorah, Iowa. Nine children. Lived in Winneshiek and Chickasaw counties in Iowa. Carpenter. Moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he died 25 May 1890 of pulmonary consumption. Age 45. Buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. His widow, receiving pension, returned to Decorah. She died 26 Jul 1929 and is buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Decorah. He was younger brother of Augustus Hanson; see his entry for battles. Brother of Anton Hanson who served in the Civil War. Sources: (Ulvestad p288) (DGA) (Winneshiek County Marriage Records) (e-mail, Norman Hjelmeland, Des Moines, Iowa. hjelhawks@aol.com) “Hansen, Edward” “Hanson, Edwin”