HANSON, Stangrin

IA 6th Cav Co D. Residence: Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. “Stengrim Hansen Bergerud” was born 22 Oct 1843 at Eggedal, Sigdals Prestegjeld, Norway, a son of Hans Steingrimsen Bergerud and Marte Torsteinsdatter Kopseng. Came to America to Decorah in 1861. Civil War: Age 19. Enlisted 1 Oct 1862. Mustered 2 Oct 1862. Private. Cavalry unit trained at Davenport, Iowa. Moved to Minnesota River Valley in early 1863 to challenge Indian attackers. Fought Indians near Whitestone Hill, Dickey County, Dakota Territory. In 1864, under General Sully, the unit established Fort Totten. In spring of 1865, the unit was moved to Fort Lincoln to patrol the Badlands. Mustered out 17 Oct 1865, Sioux City, Iowa. Post war: Lived at Squier, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. In 1869, “Sten Hansen” married Mari Melaas. In 1871, they moved to Western township, Otter Tail County. They had five children. Lived in Grant County, Minnesota, apparently just over the county line from Aastad, Otter Tail County. Sources: (ISW-IV p1174) (Ulvestad p271) (Article, Fergus Falls Daily Journal, 15 May 1930) (Letter: Rosie Goettelman, Decorah IA) (Ulvestad p 289) “Hansen, Stengrim”. “Bergerud, Stengrim” “Hanson, Steen”