Lars Helleckson Odland
I'm searching for one Lars Helleckson Odland, b. 1807 who served
with the CSA during the Civil War. Due to the fact that I live in
Norway, my access to sources are somewhat limited.
Here's what I know about Lars: He was born in 1807 in Southwestern
Norway, and came to Illinois some time during the 1840s. He served
with an Illinois regiment in the Mexican War, and is said to have
been in Mexico City in 1848. When the Civil War broke out he went
South to join his great idol, Jeff Davis. Some unconfirmed sources
claims he served with a CSA artillery unit. He died in a VA hospital
in Indiana several years after the war.
I've tried searching the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors system
online, but to no avail. During the search I've pretty much used any
thinkable spelling (Hellecks, Hellex, Hellixon, Hellexon, Helliksen
etc. etc.), but I still come up with nada. No Lars, Laurs, Lawrence
or anything even remotely similar.
Any suggestions where I might find this guy?