ROSSING, Torkild A.

WI 15th Inf Co E. Residence: Wiota, Lafayette County, Wisconsin. Born at the Rossing farm, Land Parish, in Norway, in 1840. Came to America with his parents in 1857. His father, Andreas Olson, started a farm. Torkild, however, worked for other farmers. For a couple years before the war, he attended a school in Warren, Illinois. Civil War: Age 22. Unmarried. Torkild Rossing enlisted for three years on 4 Oct 1861 at Wiota. Mustered on 11 Dec 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin. Designated a Sergeant. Promoted to Sergeant Major on 1 Jul 1862, and transferred to the Regiment’s Non-commissioned staff. Commissioned First Lieutenant at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on 16 Jan 1863 with rank from 3 Sep 1862. Detached on recruiting service 18 Dec 1863. Promoted to Captain at Powers Ferry, Georgia, and given command of Company E on 1 May 1864, with rank from 7 April, to succeed Captain Henry Hauff, who had been killed in action. Honorably discharged from the service at Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 20 Dec 1864. Post war: He lived in Argyle, Wisconsin. Later moved to Lotts Creek, Iowa, where he was a farmer. In 1886, he was living in Bode, Iowa. He died there in 1893. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 76-7, 78-1; red book vol 20 p 4,70) (TAR) (Buslett p464 photo) (Ulvestad p256) (Ager p270, photo; p303) (XSS Iowa p705)

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