IA 32nd Inf Co K. Residence: Story City, Iowa. Born 10 Sep 1838 in Hjelmeland, Stavanger Amt, Norway. Came to America with his parents and siblings in 1855 to Lisbon, Illinois. Two years later they moved to Story County, Iowa. Civil War: Age 24. Enlisted 12 Aug 1862. Mustered 3 Sep 1862. Private. Mustered out 24 Aug 1865, Clinton, Iowa. Post war: In 1866, he married Inger Hegland. Eight children. Lived near Roland, Iowa. John died 9 Jan 1917, age 78. Sources: (ISW-V p110) (Ulvestad p324) (“John Ritland Civil War History”, serialized in the Story City Herald in 1922.)