Petition for A Civil War Pension
Amund & Margit's eldest son Gjermund (James) died during the Civil War, and Margit applied for a survivor's pension. It appears that it took over 10 years for her to receive those benefits.
Nancy Hetrick provided a copy of the affidavits associated with that application. Although the agenda was certainly to assure that Margit qualified for benefits, these documents provide valuable information about Amund, the family's farm and life in Houston County, and Gjermund's service in Company "E" of Minnesota's Second Infantry Regiment.
Affidavits in support of Margit Thorson's Petition (pdf)