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Federal (USV)


Jens Torkelson Dahle

(1839 - 1919)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company

Before Antietam

He left Norway at about age 19 in 1858, arrived in Quebec, and then lived with his uncle Halvor Quie near Nerstrand, MN. Age 22, he enlisted in the 2nd Company, Minnesota Sharpshooters at Stillwater, MN on 20 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot in action on or before 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD from 14 to 23 September then transferred to Baltimore. He was in Cliffburne Hospital, Washington, DC and treated for malaria there. He was detailed as a nurse on 1 November but readmitted as a patient on 26 December. He returned to duty on 10 April 1863 and saw action at Gettysburg in July. He was captured at Ream's Station, VA on 24 August 1864 and was held at Libby, Belle Isle, and Salisbury Prisons. By then ill and unable to walk, he was sent to the parole camp at Annapolis, MD on 15 March 1865 then to St Louis, MO. He took a 30 day furlough to Chicago, IL and stayed in the hospital at Camp Douglas. He went to St. Paul, MN in April and mustered out of service on 29 June 1865.

After the War

He was a grocer in Faribault, MN to about 1868 then bought a farm in Blooming Grove, MN. He became a US citizen in 1897.

References & notes

Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.1 His wound and hospital details from the Patient List 2 as J.T. Dale. Personal information from Chuck Barden and Wayne Jorgenson on their First Minnesota site. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


03/25/1839; Sogn og Fjordane, NORWAY


09/07/1919; Woodville, Waseca County, MN; burial in Woodville Cemetery, Waseca, MN


1   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 517  [AotW citation 21285]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #3.378  [AotW citation 21286]