PETERSON, Henry

WI 11th Inf Co K. Residence: Winchester, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Born 28 Jan 1849 in Tuddal, Telemark, Norway, a son of Sven Peterson. Civil War: Farmer. Unmarried. Age 18 (He was actually 15, and may have been the youngest infantry rifleman in the war.) Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, 5’11”. Enlisted for three years on 22 Feb 1864 at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mustered there the same day. Bounty $300. Volunteer recruit. Private. Took part with the WI 23rd Inf in General Banks’ Red River campaign in 1864. Took part in the siege and capture of Fort Blakely, Alabama, 9 Apr 1865. Suffered dysentery and chronic diarrhea April through June 1865. Discharged 4 Sep 1865. Post war: On 2 Jan 1869 he married Anne Twito (1849-1943). Lived in Minnesota for ten years, then in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Colorado and eventually in Lake Mills, Winnebago County, Iowa. Granted pension, which eventually reached $50 per month. Died 16 Nov 1925 in Lake Mills. Buried at North Lutheran Cemetery, Lake Mills. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 52-13; red book vol 16 p204) (Discharge certificate, death certificate, pension drop certificate, and newspaper article all furnished by Hamlet A. Peterson, Rochester, Minnesota)

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