SKOFSTAD, Albert

WI 3rd Inf Co D. Residence: Waterford, Racine County, Wisconsin. Born “Anthon Johannesen Skofstad” at Lier, Drammen, Norway, a son of Johannes Evenson Skofstad and Bertha Olsdatter Kallerud, on 2 Jul 1839. Albert’s mother Bertha and Hans Heg’s mother, Sigrid, were sisters. Albert came to America with his parents and two brothers, Ole and Even, in 1840, sailing on “Emilie”out ofGothenburg, Sweden, arriving in New York on 12 Aug 1840. They came to Norway Township, Racine County, Wisconsin. Came to Waupun, Wisconsin, in 1859, to accept a position at the State Prison under Commissioner Hans Heg. Civil War: Age 21. Unmarried. Farmer. Blue eyes, black hair, dark complexion, 5’7”. Enlisted for three years on 22 Apr 1861 at Waupun, Wisconsin. Mustered 29 Jun 1861 at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Private. Discharged from the service to enable him to accept commission as First Lieutenant in WI 15th Inf Co D on 15 Jan 1862, effective from the day before. Promoted to Captain 30 Apr 1862, at Mississippi River Island No. 10 effective from 20 Apr. Assigned as inspector with the 3rd Brigade from 2 May 1863 to 22 Oct 1863. (An inspector’s duties included inspecting the arms, equipment, knapsack and dress of each soldier and officer.) Absent without leave on 21 Sep 1863. Sick in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 28 Nov 1863. Assigned as inspector in the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps on 20 Feb 1864. Resigned 2 Mar 1864. Resignation accepted by General Schofield. Post war: He moved to Iowa. Married to Cornelia. Children: Mayble, born circa 1861, James 1866, Ada 1869. Became Deputy Sheriff of Winneshiek County, Iowa, under Sheriff A. Arneson, 1866-1868; elected Sheriff in 1867. Appears to have vacated office on or about 18 Oct 1868. Died of pneumonia (typhoid?) in Humboldt, Allen County, Kansas, on 14 Oct 1873. Buried the same day in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas, in section 2, lot 126, in a gravesite owned by his friend, Dr. Steven Himoe. His body later was moved to Section 7 grave 52, lot 194. Skofstad was a first cousin to Col. Hans Heg. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 76-6, 78-3; red book vol 9, p70; vol 20, p56) (Buslett p423) (Ulvestad p256) (DGA 1870 Iowa Census) (Ager p300) (Gjertveit) (Meeker) (KJR) (Grimsrud) (Naeseth ’40-15) (Norwegian-American Studies, publ. by NAHA, Northfield, Minnesota vol 32 p 196)

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