IL 58th Inf Co E. Residence: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Born 12 Feb 1841 in Voss, Hordaland, Norway, son of Sjur Steffensen Gjerald and Anne Magnesdatter Sætre. Came to America on the “Ørnen”, which sailed from Bergen and arrived in New York on 2 Aug 1844. Came to LaSalle County, Illinois. Civil War: Merchant. Age 20. Unmarried. Gray eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’10”. Enlisted for three years on 10 Nov 1861 at Chicago. Mustered 25 Dec 1861 at Camp Douglas, Illinois, as First Sergeant. Promoted to Second Lieutenant on 28 Mar 1863 at Camp Butler. Mustered 24 Jul 1863 at Cairo, Illinois. Transferred to Company D as Consolidator. Mustered out 24 Jun 1865 at Montgomery, Alabama. Post war: A veteran by this name was living in Lake Eunice, Becker County, Minnesota. He was a merchant in Kasson, Minnesota, then in Grafton, North Dakota. Studied law. Married Anna Sjursdatter Sætre. Sources: (ILSA reel 6 p30; reel 47-9 p80; reel 17 p48) (Ulvestad p330) (Naeseth ’44-844) “Gjerald, Lars Sjursen”