The Last Soldier Project: Dunn County, Wis.
Ebert S. Sorkness
Ebert S. Sorkness, a Norwegian immigrant, was born in Grue, Norway in 1839. He enlisted as a private in Company A of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry on 19 January 1864. He participated in Sherman’s March to the Sea, and then after mustering out on 16 July 1865, came to Dunn County. Here, he homesteaded in the Town of Grant, near Colfax. Colfax is the second-largest town in Dunn County.

Mr. Sorkness died on 2 February, 1940 at age 100 after a long illness, and was buried in Running Valley Cemetery in Colfax. His obituary, and other Dunn County News article, record him as the last surviving Union veteran in Dunn County.

Sources: 1939 and 1940 bound volumes of the Dunn County News
Dunn County Genealogical Society’s Obituary Book for surnames beginning in "S"
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion

Researched by Dunn County Historical Society

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Wisconsin


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