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The specific term on enlistment will be on the soldier's enlistment paper if a copy is available in their Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs). Sometimes, a service record can include a copy of an examination paper. Please note that not all CMSRs have this information.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Indexes to the Carded Records of Soldiers Who Served in Volunteer Organizations During the Civil War in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that includes index cards for [Iowa] Anderson, Ole A - 3rd Infantry, Company D; [Iowa] Hanson, Gustavus O - 12th Infantry, Company G; [Iowa] Anderson, Anton E - 12th Infantry, Company G; [Iowa] Anderson, Andrew - 12th Infantry, Company G; [Iowa] Anderson, George - 38th Infantry, Company E; [California] Hanson, Ole C - 2nd Cavalry, Company K,M; [Wisconsin] Skofstad, Albert - 3rd Infantry, Company D; and [Wisconsin] Skofstad, Albert - 15th Infantry, Company D. These index cards have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The index cards indicate that there should be Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) for these soldiers in the record series Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War in Record Group 94. Some of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. Unfortunately, the records for Iowa, California, and Wisconsin Volunteers have not been microfilmed or digitized. For more information about the non-digitized records, please email RDT1 at email@example.com.
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In regards to your question about naturalization, immigrants who served in the military during the Civil War did not automatically receive citizenship. They were given an expedited path to naturalization. 12 Stat. 597 issued July 17, 1862 stated that aliens who received honorable discharges from the US Army were not required to file declarations and could become citizens after one year residency.
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When did this photo of the grave for Even get posted was this stone recently
I searched the Wisconsin Veterans Museum they have a wonderful civil war database for Wisconsin soldiers. https://wisvetsmuseum.com/research/civil-war-database/
Here is some information base on the two individuals from Wisconsin. The Database actually has them listed as the same person but these two individuals are different people they were brothers. The biggest thing I saw was that they did not have a CMSR for Evan which clearly they served two different regiments, I do believe that when these records were being transcribed and hand written in those days somebody thought they were the same person I'm guessing. But now you have the pension card showing Albert's wife so you know that they are two different individuals.
This photo below that you have listed for Even is actually Albert and not Even you can tell by the officers insignia on his shoulders this was captain bars
SKOFSTAD, ALBERT NORWAY ENLISTED I 03 THIRD WISCONSIN VETERAN INFANTRY 3RD WIS. INFANTRY D April 22nd 1861 January 25th 1862 Remarks: DISCHARGED JANUARY 25, 1862, DISABILITY. Request More Information SKOFSTAD, ALBERT WATERFORD CAPTAIN I 15 FIFTEENTH WISCONSIN INFANTRY 15TH WIS. INFANTRY D January 14th 1862 March 2nd 1864 Remarks: FIRST LIEUTENANT, JANUARY 14, 1862; CAPTAIN, APRIL 20, 1862; RESIGNED MARCH 2, 1864. Request More Information
1860s Census Record for Albert shows him as a Prison Guard.
Name: Albert Skofsted Age: 20 Birth Year: abt 1840 Gender: Male Birth Place: Norway Home in 1860: Waupun Village South Ward, Dodge, Wisconsin Post Office: Waupun Dwelling Number: 177 Family Number: 178 Occupation: Prison Guard Household Members Age H C Hegs 30 Cornelia Hegs 26 James E Hegs 8 Hilda S Hegs 6 Annette Hegs 3 Evan Hegs 11 Albert Skofsted 20 H K Demoe 26 William Booth 31 George Woodruff 33
Albert's Pension record showing spouse. He is buried here. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29661689/albert-johannesen-skofstad
Also here is a copy of Albert's Headstone Application.
Name: Albert Skofstad Enlistment Date: 22 Apr 1861 Enlistment Rank: Private Muster Date: 22 Apr 1861 Muster Place: Wisconsin Muster Company: D Muster Regiment: 3rd Infantry Muster Regiment Type: Infantry Muster Information: Enlisted Muster Out Date: 25 Jan 1862 Muster Out Information: disch disability Side of War: Union Survived War?: Yes Residence Place: Norway, Wisconsin Title: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion Name: Albert Skofstad Enlistment Date: 14 Jan 1862 Enlistment Rank: First Lieutenant Muster Date: 14 Jan 1862 Muster Place: Wisconsin Muster Company: D Muster Regiment: 15th Infantry Muster Regiment Type: Infantry Muster Information: Commission Rank Change Date: 20 Apr 1862 Rank Change Rank: Capt Muster Out Date: 2 Mar 1864 Muster Out Information: Resigned Side of War: Union Survived War?: Yes Was Officer?: Yes Residence Place: Waterford, Wisconsin Title: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion