Map of Houston County, Minnesota
8th MO Infantry (US)
Company A
Map of Minnesota
Houston County is in red

"My father's great uncle, Syver Evenson, aka Samuel Evenson, enlisted in the 8th Reg. Missouri Infantry, from Houston County, Minnesota, with several other young men from the area.   Can someone explain the recruitment practice where recently arrived Norwegian immigrants would end up enlisting for a Missouri Regiment?   This has always baffled the family."

The question above was posted on the Internet by Elaine Stadum of Minnesota.

(Click here for a explanation of why people from other states joined the 8th Missouri)