2. Hans Christian HEG
was born on
Dec 21 1829 in Lier (near Drammen) Norway.(13)
He emigrated on May 17 1840 from Ship Emilie.
(1) He died on Sep 20 1863 in Chickamauga, Ga..
(14) He was buried in Norway Hill Cementery, Wi..
(9) He inherited the leadership qualities of his father. He joined
the 49'ers when 20 years old & prospected for gold. After his fathers death
in 1850 he returned home, took over the farm and helped care for his brother
and two sisters. During his farming years, he served as a member of the Town
Board , was Justice of the Peace. Elected Chairman of the town Board for two
terms and was a member of the Racine County Board of Supervisors. In 1859 he
gave up farming and moved to the village of Waterford with his wife, son, James
and daughter Hilda. He was nominated by the Republican party for the post of
Wisconsin prision Commissioner in 1859. He won the election by a majority of
2,673 votes In 1860 he became Commissioner (Warden) of the state Prison at Waupn.
The Governor appointed him a Col. and he helped recruit men for the Fifteenth
Wisconsin Volunteers, which he was assigned to Feb14,1861. The regiment was brought
together at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin built up to a total of nine hundred
and on Mar 2, 1863 left for the south. His brother-in-law, Dr. Stephen O Hemo
of Lawerence Kansas was the Surgeon of the Fifteenth and two of his assistants
were Dr. George F. Newell, of Waterford, and Dr. Daniel Wooster, Of Racine.
It parcipated in the Union movements in Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee,
Alabama, and Georgia. He was commander 2nd Brigrade, 1st Div., 20th Corps, Army
of the Cumberland Feb. 15 - Mar. 16 1863; Commander 3rd Brigade, 1st Div., 20th
Corps, Army of the Cumberland May 15 - Sep 19, 1863.The pioneer minister C. L.Clausen
was the Fifteenth Chaplain, and his brother Ole was a Quartermaster. General
Wm. S. Rosecrans announced his intentions of promoting Col. Heg to the rank of
Brigadier General and he was assigned to lead the 3rd Brigade, Davis Division
in the battle of Chickamauga on Sept 19 1863, near Chickamauga Creek about 12
miles east of Chattanooga, Tenn., in Northern Georgia. As the head of the regiment
he fought at Island # 10 Perryville, and Marfreesboro. During the Tullahoma compaign
he was commanding the 3rd Brigade . On the first day at Chickamanuga in the heavy
fighting on the Union right, He was shot in the bowels while directing his brigrade
in the defense. He continued to rally his men and then after riding a quarter
mile was felled mortally wounded by loss of blood at twilight on that day and
died the next morning Sept. 20, 1863. Was Superintendent Racine County Poor Farm,
Western District 1856-1858. Was member of Racine County Board of Supervisors
1856. A mounment was made to him as the Highest ranking Officer killed in the
Civial War from Wisconsin. It was done by scuelptor Paul Fjelde and there are
three copies. One on the South East side of the Wisconsin State Capitol Square,
Madison, WI., One at Heg Park, Norway Hill, Wisconsin and the third in Norway.
He was married to Gunhild Jacobsdatter EINONG (daughter of
Jacob Olsson EINONG and Anne Jonsdatter SAHEIM) on Dec
10 1851 in Muskego, Wi..(11)
Gunhild Jacobsdatter EINONG(11)
was born on
Dec 10 1834 in Tinn, Norway.(4) She emigrated
in 1842.(11) She died on Oct 14 1922
in Elizabeth, New Jersey.(11)
(4) She was buried in Norway Hill Cementery, Norway Hill Wi..
(9) Upon the death of her husband she carried
out his wishes concerning the education of their children, and moved from Waterford
to Beloit in order that their children might attend college there. She passed
away in 1922, at the home of her daughter, Mrs Charles Newell Fowler (Hilda Heg),
at Elizabeth, New Jersey. Hans Christian HEG and Gunhild Jacobsdatter EINONG
had the following children: