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F. Fingalson

F. Fingalson

Federal (USV)


Fingal Fingalson

(1842 - 1886)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company

Before Antietam

He went from Norway to Wisconsin with his family in about 1845 and was orphaned at age 9 when both parents died of cholera. By age 13 he was learning the carpenter's trade and went to Rice County, MN with his brothers and sisters. He enlisted as Private, 2nd Company, Minnesota Sharpshooters on 20 January 1862 at age 19. He was slightly wounded in the side at Hanover Court House, VA on 27 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was seriously wounded in the arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was still in the Patent Office Hospital, Washington, DC in December 1862 and was treated at the Ladies' Home Hospital in New York City. He returned to duty in the late Summer of 1863, reenlisted on 31 March 1864 and transferred to the First Battalion, Minnesota Infantry in August when the Sharpshooters mustered out. He was promoted to Sergeant on 25 December 1864 and mustered out on 27 April 1865 at Burkesville, VA.

After the War

He lived in Northfield, MN, then moved to a farm in Richwood Township, Becker County in 1878, where he was Town Clerk for 19 years.

References & notes

Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars 1 as Fingor Fingalson. Details from Chuck Barden and Wayne Jorgenson on their First Minnesota site, source also of his picture from a photograph of unknown provenance. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Maline Lockrem (1846-1891) in July 1865. They had 12 children together, but Maline and the last child died during that birth.


10/01/1842; Hallingdal, NORWAY


11/16/1930; Detroit Lakes, MN; burial in Richwood Lutheran Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, 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 21303]