SWENSON, Erik B.

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TX 30th Cav Co C. CSA. Residence: Bosque County, Texas. Born “Erik Bersvendsen” on 5 Feb 1841 at Lillehogstad, Tynset, Hedemarken, Norway. Came to America with his parents, four brothers and a sister in 1851. Norwegian name Bersvendsen changed to Swenson. He carried mail between Fort Worth and Gatesville for a year. Civil War: Age 21. Enlisted for three years or the war on 1 Jul 1862 at Waco, Texas. Mustered at 1 Aug 1862 at Camp McCullock, Texas. Private. The 30th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, was also known as the 1st Regiment Texas Partisan Rangers and as Gurley’s Regiment. It was organized 18 Aug 1862 with ten companies, A to K. Once riding as a messenger, he was chased by six Yankee soldiers. He hid in a dense thicket, commanding his horse to lay down, until it became safe to travel. He reached his own unit in time to warn them that a Yankee force was near. Post war: He married Martha Questad. Five children. Swenson died in Norse, Texas, on 16 Jan 1926 and is buried in Our Savior’s Lutheran churchyard at Norse. (One record shows his death as 19 Dec 1890.) His widow, Martha, died in 1936. Sources: ("Norwegian Soldiers in Confederate Forces" by C.A.Clausen & Derwood Johnson, publ. in Norwegian-American Studies, volume 25, Northfield, Minnesota. p115) (Regimental records, National Archives, copies furnished by Maurice Jenson, Stillwater, Minnesota) (Ulvestad p332) (www.borgerkrigen.info)