Knut Larson Gjermo
Portrait of Knut Larson Gjermo, Company H, 15th Wisconsin Infantry, in his Civil War uniform. The following information is in the published Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: Knud Larson enlisted as a Private on 29 January 1862, and was credited to Leeds Center. He died 18 January 1863 at Nashville, Tennessee, after being wounded at the battle of Stone(s) River, Tennessee. (Gjermo was his Norwegian farm name; a farm name was often added to the patronymic as a surname after they had been in the U.S. for a period of time.)
This portrait was labeled circa 1916 by Waldemar Ager (apparently in error) as being Knut Iverson (Vike) of Company F, 15th Wisconsin Infantry. See the Additional Information note below.
Image ID: 25425
Creation Date: 1862 ca.
Creator Name: Unknown
Collection Name: 15th Wisconsin Infantry Civil War Photographs, ca. 1862-1865
Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number: PH 2361
Original Dimensions: 4 x 6.5 inches
Ager received this photograph as a mirror-image print; this is the correct orientation.
In Dec 2010, Steven W. Thompson of Eau Claire WI wrote to provide evidence that this photograph was mislabeled by Ager as being his great great grandfather, Knud Iversen. Iversen did serve in the 15th Infantry, but was in Company F, not Company H. The fact that the hat in this photograph clearly has a Company H patch, and that the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers shows that a Knud Larson served in Company H, provides additional evidence that Ager switched the name on this photo with the name of Knut Iversen Vike (see Image ID 53739). Photos of the two men appear adjacent to each other in Ager's 1916 book, Oberst Heg og hans gutter, on page 289, which may have contributed to the mixup. So we have provided what we judge to be the correct name as the title of each of these two photographs.
According to Ager's book, Knut Larson Gjermo was born in Voss, Norway; was 21 years old, unmarried and a farmer when he enlisted; was wounded on 31 December 1862, and died in a Nashville hospital.
According to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs website at http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1, Knud Larson died on 1/18/1863 and is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery, Section B, grave #6307.
Civil War, 1861-1865
Military art and science
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