Dala Painting of a Civil War Soldier
This is a Dala-painted panel of a Swedish man volunteering for the Civil War. He represents the many Swedes from Minnesota and Illinois who served in the War. Peter Magnus Nelson, who lived in Illinois, was in the Civil War and later came to Scandia. He was the father of Isaac T. Nelson (who was born in the Prast Hus at Gammelgarden).
According to Time.com, “Immigrants tended to be young and male, but they enlisted [in the Civil War] above their quota. Many immigrants left jobs to fight for the Union, enlisting before the draft—and the bounties—were even introduced. They volunteered, fought, and sacrificed far beyond what might be expected of strangers in a strange land.”