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CLAUSEN, Claus Kristian

US Navy. Born 9 Dec 1869 in Denmark. Spanish-American War: Coxswain. Enlisted from New York. Awarded the Medal of Honor in connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba on 2 Jun 1898. Despite heavy fire from the Spanish batteries, Clausen displayed extraordinary heroism throughout the operation. Sources: (“America’s Medal of Honor Recipients”. Publ. 1977, pp 352, 1012)

CLAUSEN, Claus Lauritz

WI 15th Inf Staff. Residence: St. Ansgar, Mitchell County, Iowa. Born 3 Nov 1820 on Aerol [Ærøl] Island, Fyen Parish, Denmark, son of Erik Clausen and Karen Pedersen. He had lived for many years in Drammen, Norway. Married in 1842 Martha Frederikke Rasmussen (1816?-1846) of Langeland, Denmark. Came with his bride to Muskego, Wisconsin, in 1843, on “Johanna”, which sailed from Drammen and arrived in New York on 22 Jul 1843. He had accepted a call from a Norwegian church in Muskego. In 1845, they moved to the Koshkonong settlement in Dane County, Wisconsin. Wife Martha died in 1846. Clausen then moved to Rock Prairie, Wisconsin,where in 1847 he married Mrs. Birgetha Pedersdatter Brekke Hjorth (?-1887). In 1853, they moved to Mitchell County, Iowa. Civil War: Age 43. Enrolled 11 Dec 1861. Mustered 13 Feb 1862 at Madison, Wisconsin, as Field Chaplain. Suffered poor health, which caused him to resign 26 Nov 1862. Post war: Elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1856. Later, he lived in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and in Virginia, at Philadelphia, and in Austin, Minnesota. He joined Carl Martin Bergh in encouraging Norwegian immigrants to re-migrate to Norge, Virginia. He died 20 Feb 1892 while visiting a son in Paulsbo, Washington. He is buried in Austin, Minnesota. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 76-2, 78-1; red book vol 20 p 4) (Buslett p333) (Lonn p138) (Ager p 243, photo; p290) (Quiner p613) ("History of the Scandinavians in the United States", by O. N. Nelson. Publ. Minneapolis, 1893. p368) (“Norge Virginia”, by Mette Løvås, graduate thesis, Univ. of Trondheim, 1996) (Naeseth ’43-783) “Clauson, Claus”


From Aalen, Sondre Trondhjems Amt, Norway. Civil War: Private. Post war: Lived at Bee, Minnesota. Sources: (Ulvestad p2750) [Vesterheim, Decorah, Iowa, has a photo of Hans Clausen.]


MN 1st Inf Co F. Residence: St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Nativity not shown. Civil War: Age 27. Enrolled 15 May 1861. Mustered the same day. Private. Wounded in the Battles of Bull Run, Virginia, on 21 Jul 1861 and on 29-30 Aug 1862. Discharged from the service for disability 10 Feb 1863. Sources: (MINN p41) (MCIW p58) (Ulvestad p275)


WI 15th Inf Co I. Residence: Amherst, Portage County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 18. Unmarried. Farmer. Blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, 5’10”. Enlisted for three years on 20 Oct 1861 at Scandinavia, Wisconsin, and mustered at Madison, Wisconsin, on 20 Dec 1861. Private. Died of chronic diarrhea in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 23 Nov 1863. Buried in National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section A, grave 215. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-11; red book vol 20 p128) (Love p1082) (Buslett p587) (Ulvestad p275) (Ager p314)


WI 21st Inf Co B. Residence: Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 22. Shoemaker. Blue eyes, light hair, sandy complexion, 5’11”. Enlisted for three years on 15 Aug 1862 at Oshkosh. Mustered there on 6 Sep 1862. Private. Was in the battle of Chaplain Hills on 8 Oct 1862. Was killed in the battle of Resaca, Georgia, 14 My 1864. Sources: (WHS red book vol 26) (Quiner p691)


WI 15th Inf Regimental Staff. Civil War: Servant. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’4”. [On a second report, he is shown as Lars Clauson and having blue eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, 5’4”.] Employed as a servant to the Regimental Surgeon, Dr. Lindsfeldt. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 78-1)


IA 1st Cav Co K. Residence: McGregor, Iowa. Born in Denmark. Civil War: Age 35. Enlisted 13 Jun 1861. Mustered 17 Aug 1861. Private. Promoted to Corporal on 1 Sep 1862. Re-enlisted and re-mustered 27 Dec 1863. Promoted to Sergeant 20 Feb 1864. Mustered out 15 Feb 1866 at Austin, Texas. Sources: (ISW-IV cd p55)


WI 46th Inf Co F. Residence: Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Born in Denmark. Civil War: Age 44. Farmer. Blue eyes, black hair, light complexion, 5’4”. Enlisted for one year on 7 Feb 1865 at Oshkosh, and mustered 24 Feb 1865 at Madison, Wisconsin. Private. Mustered out with this Company on 27 Sep 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. Sources: (WHS red book vol 51)


MN Lt Arty 2nd Battery. Residence: Not shown. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 23. Enrolled 2 Sep 1864. Mustered the same day. Private. Discharged from the service with the battery on 16 Aug 1865. Sources: (MINN p796) (MCIW p666) (Ulvestad p275) "Clausen".