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BROKEN, Andrew

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BRONEKETT, John W.

WI 7th. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 34. Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, 5’8”. Enrolled for one year on 25 Oct 1864 at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, as a substitute for Henry Deacon, Little Grant, Grant County, Wisconsin. Mustered the same day. Private. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 33-13)

BRONES, Andrew Nelson

WI 43rd Inf Co I. Residence: Primrose, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 19. Unmarried. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’5”. Enlisted for one year on 6 Sep 1864 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mustered 12 Sep 1864 at Milwaukee. Bounty $100, $33.33 paid. Private. Mustered out with his company on 24 Jun 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 178-10; red book vol 48; blue book 49)

BRONES, Peter Nelson

WI 43rd Inf Co I. Residence: Primrose, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 18. Unmarried. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’5”. Enlisted for one year on 6 Sep 1864 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mustered 12 Sep 1864 at Milwaukee. Bounty $100, $33.33 paid. Private. Mustered out with his company on 24 Jun 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 178-10; red book vol 48; blue book 49)

BRONESS, Olaus

See BRUNES, Olaus

BRONGEN, Lars E.

MN 3rd Inf Co B. Residence: Cottage Grove, Washington County, Minnesota. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 26. Enrolled 26 Sep 1861. Mustered 7 Nov 1861. Private. Served in both Indian and Civil wars. Discharged from the service 15 Nov 1864 on expiration of term. Sources: (MINN p128) (Ulvestad p273)

BRONKEN, Andrew S.

WI 15th Inf Co E. Residence: LaCrosse, La Crosse County (or Eau Claire, Eau Claire County), Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 31. Farmer. Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, 5’10”. Enlisted for three years on 24 Feb 1864 at La Crosse and mustered the same day. Recruit. Private. Joined E Company at Knoxville, Tennessee. Transferred to Company H at Whiteside, Tennessee, 20 Dec 1864. Assigned temporarily to the 24th Infantry. Transferred to WI 15th Inf Co I on 10 Jun 1865. Mustered out on 24 Nov 1865 at San Antonio, Texas. Post war: Moved to Richland County, Dakota Territory, in Oct 1878. The 1885 Census of the Dakota Territory shows “Andrew S. Broken”. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-13; red book vol 18 p 172, vol 20 p 72) (Buslett p473) (TAR) (Ager p303) (1885 Dakota Territory Special Census)

BRONS, Olaus

See BRUNES, Olaves

BRONSEN, Andrew

Civil War: Private. From La Crosse, Wisconsin. Sources: (Ulvestad p273)

BRONSON, Edward

IA 38th Inf Co K. Residence: Frankville, Iowa. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 27. Enlisted 9 Aug 1862. Mustered 6 Oct 1862. Private. Died 28 Aug 1863, New Orleans, Louisiana. Sources: (ISW-V p865)

BRONSON, Gustavus

WI 10th Inf Co C. Residence: Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Born about 1842 in Norway, a son of Niles and Maria Bronson. Civil War: Age 20. Unmarried. Gray eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’9”. Enlisted for three years on 30 Sep 1861 at Menasha. Mustered 7 Oct 1861 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Private. Mustered out 3 Nov 1864. Post war: Married in Winnebago County on 15 Jun 1868 to Emilada O. Knapp. From 1888 until at least 1908, Bronson (then spelled Brunson) was living in Waupaca, Waupaca County. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 48-15; red book vol 15) (“Civil War Veterans of Winnebago County”, vol 1, by David A Langkau.) “Bronson, Gustavus A.” “Brunson, Gus”

BRONSON, Soren G.

WI 18th Inf Co I. Residence: Fall River, Columbia County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 44. Enlisted at Columbus, Wisconsin. Mustered 13 Dec 1861. Private. Died 16 Sep 1862 at Evansville, Indiana. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 92-13; red book vol 23)

BRONSON, Theodor

Spanish-American War: Private. Died in Puerto Rico of fever. Buried in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Sources: (Ulvestad p273)

BRONSON, Tollef

WI 53rd Inf Co D. Residence: Barre, La Crosse County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 35. Blue eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, 5’5”. Enlisted for one year on 16 Mar 1865 at La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mustered there the same day. Bounty $100, $33.33 paid. Private. On 10 Jun 1865, at Pleasant Hill, Missouri, he and his company were merged into the WI 51st. Mustered out from Post Hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 25 Jul 1865. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 198-13; 201-5,13)

BROWN, Albert

Residence: Dane County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Private. Sources: (Ulvestad p273) [Ulvestad is unsure of the name "Brown"].

BROWN, Albert J.

WI 15th Inf Co G. Residence: Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. Born “Arnfinn Josefsen Bryn” in Voss, Norway. Civil War: Age 20. Unmarried. Enlisted for three years on 5 Oct 1861 at Beloit and mustered at Madison, Wisconsin, 13 Dec 1861. Private. On leave to Beloit 3 Jul 1863. Sick in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 28 Nov 1863. Mustered out with Company G on 13 Jan 1865 at Chattanooga. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-9; red book vol 20, p100) (Buslett p530) (Ager p312) (Gjertveit)

BROWN, Alexander L.

TX 20th Cav Co C. CSA. Residence: Henderson Couinty, Texas. Born “Alexander Brun Abrahamsen” on 12 Mar 1839 in Flekkefjord, Vest Agder, Norway, son of Abraham Ommundsen Brun and Maria Kjeldsdatter Lostrup. He came to America with his parents and seven siblings on “Favoriten”, which sailed from Stavanger, Rogaland, on 16 May 1849 and arrived in New York on 28 Jun 1849, but was held in quarantine until 4 July. They came to Illinois, stopping briefly, and then went to Lee County, Iowa. By 1851, they had moved to Texas, and by 1854, were in Henderson County. Civil War: Farmer. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’10”. Enlisted for one year at Prairieville, Kaufman County on 10 Mar 1862. Private. Discharged at Camp McCulloch on 22 Jun 1862 by reason of physical “inability to perform the duties of a soldier”. Post war: Married in Henderson County on 13 Sep 1868 to Sarah Jane Panther (1845-1916). Nine children. Died 1910, and is buried in Ash Cemetery, Henderson County. Sources: (Naeseth-Hedberg ’49-496) (www.borgerkrigen.info)

BROWN, Andrew A.

WI 15th Inf Co H. Residence: Chicago, Illinois. Born “Andreas Arnfinnsen Bryne” at Bryne farm near Vossevangen, Norway, 27 Mar 1841. His father, Anfind Josepsen, came with his family to America in 1850. Anfind died the year after. Andrew (Andreas) began in his early teens to learn masonry. Attended Beloit College. Worked as an office clerk in a sawmill in Woodstock, Illinois. Civil War: Age 21. As soon as the war began, he tried to enlist for three months in the Wisconsin 3rd Infantry Regiment, but did not actually join because, it was said, he did not have his mother’s permission. He tried again in Sep 1861 and this time he was accepted into the Wisconsin 15th Regiment as a Private. Mustered at Madison, Wisconsin, 14 Dec 1861. Commissioned First Lieutenant on 11 Feb 1862 with rank from 17 Jan 1862. Promoted to Captain at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on 8 Jun 1863 with rank from 27 May 1863. Left behind at Chattanooga, Tennessee, 28 Nov 1863, because of illness. Wounded in an arm near Atlanta, Georgia, 21 Jul 1864. Mustered out with Company H at Chattanooga, 13 Feb 1865. Post war: Andrew Brown became a businessman in Northfield, Minnesota. Married to Christine. Five children. The 1890 Veterans Census shows him living in Alexandria, Minnesota. Said to have moved from Minnesota to Washington state in 1909. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-10; red book vol 20, p112) (Buslett p549; p550 photo) (Ager p269 photo; p308) (Ulvestad p253) (Quiner p613) (Gjertveit) (DCHS card file)

BROWN, Charles

MN 8th Inf Co I. Born in Solor, Norway. Civil War: Enlisted 22 Sep 1861. Private. Wounded, gun shot to left arm. Discharged from the service 16 Sep 1864. Post war: Name after the war was "Carl Brun". Came to Douglas County, Minnesota, in 1867. Lived at Brandon, Douglas County, in 1890. Died at Branden, 28 May 1900. Buried in West Moe Cemetery, Douglas County. Sources: (Obit, Brandon Echo, 7 Jun 1900 p 1 col 4, DCHS) (Ulvestad p273) “Brun, Carl”

BROWN, Christopher

WI 6th Inf Co B Residence: Portland, Monroe County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 30. Brown eyes, brown hair, dark complexion, 5’7”. Drafted. Enrolled for one year on 10 Nov 1864 at La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mustered there the same day. Private. Joined Company B on 17 Dec 1864. Wounded in action at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia, 6 Feb 1865. Returned to duty 28 Apr 1865. Promoted to Corporal 1 Jun 1865. Discharged from the service 3 Jul 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 27-14; red book vol 11, p40) (Larsen)

BROWN, Frederick P.

WI 3rd Inf Co K. Residence: Christiania, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 23. Brown eyes, brown hair, light complexion, 5’8”. Enlisted for three years on 22 Apr 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin. Mustered 29 Jun 1861 at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Corporal. In hospital in July 1861. Discharged from the service for disability 14 Oct 1861. Sources: (WHS red book vol 9 p192)

BROWN, Fredrick

WI 15th Inf Co A. Residence: Chicago, Illinois. Civil War: Age 37. Married. Enlisted for three years on 9 Oct 1861 at Chicago. Mustered 15 Nov 1861 in Madison, Wisconsin. Private. Left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on 11 Jun 1862. Discharged there for disability on 23 Jun 1862. Sources: (WHS red book vol 20, p14; blue book vol 20, p12) (Buslett p348) (Ulvestad p273) (Ager p291) (Meeker) “Brown, Fredrik”

BROWN, Hans

From Land, Valders, Norway. Civil War: Private. Wounded. Post war: Lived at Winona, Minnesota. Sources: (Ulvestad p273)

BROWN, Hans M. L. T.

MN 6th Inf Co I. Residence: South Bend, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 19. Enrolled 11 Aug 1862. Mustered 4 Oct 1862. Private. Discharged from the service with his regiment on 19 Aug 1865. Sources: (MINN p310) (MCIW p343)

BROWN, Henry

From Land, Valders, Norway. Civil War: Private. Post war: Lived at Winona, Minnesota. [A veteran of this name lived in Grant County, Minnesota, and died there on 19 Apr 1906, age 63. He had lost an eye as a result of being injured when his unit tried to quell a draft riot in New York.] Sources: (Ulvestad p273) (Grant County Herald, 27 Apr 1906)

BROWN, Henry

WI 15th Inf Unassigned recruit. Residence: Primrose, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Racine County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 24. Machinist. Blue eyes, dark hair, light complexion, 5’7½”. Enlisted for three years on 17 Feb 1864. Private. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-13) (Meeker)

BROWN, James P.

WI 15th Inf Co C. Residence: Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Tailor. Age 32. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5’4”. Enlisted for three years on 29 Nov 1862 at Racine. Mustered 5 Dec 1862 at Madison, Wisconsin. Private. Joined C Company at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 16 Jan 1863. Served with the Brigade Commissary during November, 1863. Sick in Chattanooga in Dec 1863. Died in Racine, Wisconsin, 15 Jun 1864, of diarrhea. Sources: (WHS red book vol 20, p44) (Buslett p408) (Ulvestad p273) (Love p1081)

BROWN, John

LA 8th Inf Co D. CSA. Born in Denmark. Civil War: Enlisted 23 Jun 1861 at Camp Moore, Louisiana. Private. Became a prisoner of war. Took the oath of allegiance to the Union. Sources: (www.borgerkrigen.info)

BROWN, John

US Navy. Captain of the Afterguard. Born in Denmark. No War: Awarded Medal of Honor for heroic conduct with two comrades, in rescuing from drowning James Rose and John Russell, seamen of the U.S.S. Winooski, off Eastport, Maine. Sources: (“America’s Medal of Honor Recipients”. Publ. 1977, pp 327, 1012)

BROWN, John J.

MN Mounted Rangers, 1st Regiment, Co K. Residence: Blue Earth City, Faribault County, Minnesota. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 28. Enrolled 1 Nov 1862. Mustered 10 Dec 1862. Private. Served in both Indian and Civil wars. Discharged from the service with his company on 10 Dec 1865. Post war: Lived at Villard, Douglas County, Minnesota. Died 24 Dec 1899. Sources: (MINN p672) (MCIW p538) (DCHS) (Douglas County Death Index, p70)

BROWN, John N.

WI 3rd Inf Co K. Residence: Christiania, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Printer. Age 20. Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, 6’. Enlisted for three years on 17 Apr 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin. Mustered 29 Jun 1861 at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Sergeant. Reduced to ranks 18 May 1862. Discharged from the service 26 Nov 1862 for promotion in WI 15th Inf. Sources: (WHS red book vol 9 p192)

BROWN, John Nordahl

WI 15th Inf Co E. Residence: Christiana, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born “Johan Nordal Brun” in Koppervig, Norway, in October 1840. He was a great grandson of a famous bishop with his same name. His father, also Johan Nordal Brun, was a merchant. Came to America at age 9 in a group led by Pastor A C Preus, who was married to young Brun’s sister. Following confirmation, young Brun learned to be a typographer and worked for the Norwegian language paper “Emigranten” in Madison, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 22. Mustered into WI 15th Inf Co K at Madison, Wisconsin, on 17 Apr 1861, as Sergeant. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in WI 15th Inf Co G, on 28 Nov 1862, at Washington, D.C., with rank from 1 Oct 1862. Seriously wounded in the battle of Stone’s River near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on 31 Dec 1862, and was taken prisoner by the Confederates, who lost him almost immediately to a troop of Union Cavalry. Detached from Co G and assigned to Co E on 8 Jan 1863, effective from 20 Dec 1862. Was given leave of absence for 20 days beginning 3 Feb 1863. Was hard of hearing and this got worse during the fighting. Resigned 9 Apr 1863. Died, not yet 24, on 1 Aug 1864 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he was working for the Norwegian language newspaper “Fædrelandet”. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-9; red book vol 20, p70) (TAR) (Buslett p466 photo) (Ager p192 photo; p303; p311) (Gjertveit)

BROWN, Lewis

Revolutionary War: Norwegian name was Lars Brunn. He was a seaman on The Bon Homme Richard in 1779. He served under John Paul Jones. Sources: (Bergmann, Leola Nelson, "Americans from Norway", publ. 1950 by J.B.Lippincott Co. p28) (Anderson, Rasmus B., “The First Chapter of Norwegian Immigration 1821-1840”, publ 1896, p29)

BROWN, Lewis A.

IL 9th Cav. Unassigned Recruit. Residence: Colona, Mason County, Illinois. Born in Norway. Civil War: Sailor. Age 18. Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, 5’3¾”. Enlisted for one year on 28 Mar 1865 at Peoria, Illinois, and mustered there the next day. Private. Sources: (ILSA reel 14 p82)

BROWN, Lewis J.

Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 38. Married. In 1885 state census, he said he had served in the Civil War: Post war: He was in 1885 living in Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota. Died 21 Dec 1913. Sources: (DCHS card file) (Douglas County Death Index, p 70)

BROWN, Martin A.

TX 15th Inf Co D. CSA. Born “Martin Andreas Brun Abrahamsen” on 15 Aug 1844 at St. Pedersgjerde, Stavanger, Norway. Employed as a gunsmith at the armory in Tyler, Texas. Civil War: Enlisted at Velasco, Texas, 30 Oct 1864. Private. The Regiment surrendered on 2 Jun 1865. Post war: He died 25 Nov 1933 in Bosque County, Texas, at which time he was said to have been the last surviving Norwegian Confederate veteran. Sources: (www.borgerkrigen.info)

BROWN, Niels

WI 15th Inf Co A. Residence: Chicago, Illinois. Civil War: Unmarried. Enlisted for three years on 26 Oct 1861 at Chicago. Mustered 25 Nov 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin. Corporal. Private. Absent in arrest since 17 May 1862 after a “syttende Mai” party. He was in jail at Mississippi River Island No. 10. Escaped and disappeared 11 Jul 1862. Listed as deserted. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-3; red book vol 20, p14; blue book vol 20, p12) (Buslett p348) (Ulvestad p262)

BROWN, Peter

TX. CSA. Born “Peter Olai Brun Abrahamsen” in Flekkefjord, Vest Agder, Norway, on 18 Feb 1842, son of Abraham Ommundsen Brun and Maria Kjeldsdatter Lostrup. Came to America with his parents and seven siblings on “Favoriten”, which sailed from Stavanger, Rogaland, on 16 May 1849 and arrived in New York 28 Jun 1849, but was held in quarantine until 4 July. They came to Illinois, stopping briefly, and then went to Lee County, Iowa. By 1851, they had moved to Texas, and by 1854, were in Henderson County. Civil War: May have died during the war. Sources: (Naeseth-Hedberg ’49-497)

BROWN, Peter William

LA 5th Inf Co C. CSA. Born in Norway. Civil War: Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’6”. Enlisted 25 Feb 1862 at New Orleans. Private. Captured on 24 May 1862 at Bottom’s Bridge, Virginia. Held in Union prisons at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and Fort Columbus in New York Harbor. Exchanged at Aiken’s Landing, Virginia, on 5 Aug 1862. Deserted Sep or Oct 1862. Sources: (www.borgerkrigen.info)

BROWN, Robert

US Navy. Born 1830 in Norway. Civil War: Enlisted from New York. Captain of the Top. Awarded the Medal of Honor for action on board U.S.S. Richmond in Mobile Bay on 5 Aug 1864. Cool and courageous at his station throughout the prolonged action. Brown rendered gallant service as his vessel trained her guns on Fort Morgan and on ships of the Confederacy despite extremely heavy return fire. He took part in the actions at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, with the Chalmette batteries, at the surrender of New Orleans and in the attacks on batteries below Vicksburg. Sources: (“America’s Medal of Honor Recipients”. Publ. 1977, pp 42, 1012)

BROWN, _____

Civil War: Lieutenant. Killed in the Battle at Chickamauga, Georgia, 19 Sep 1864. Sources: (Ulvestad p256)

BROWNSON, Knud

See BRUNSON, Knud.