Note: spelling also appears in records as Aageson.
Database of 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor Volume 2 page 685 Civil War Company D Unit 55 IL Infantry
Union Soldier Rank in : Private Rank out: Captain United States, Civil War Soldiers Index, Original filed under Nicholas S./Aagesen
Winnebago County Pension list Cert #52,421 Aageson, Nicholas S. Address: Rockford Cause: loss r arm and wd l arm Monthly Pension; $72.00
AAGESEN, NICHOLAS S. Enlisted Oct. 8, 61; promoted corporal transferred for promotion. Lucien B Crooker. The story of the Fifty-fifth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, 1861-1865.
Daily Register Gazette Wed Sept 26, 1900 Hero of Many Battles Captain Nicholas S. Aagesen Dies at His Home Of Distinguished Family
Brother of the Famous Danish Historian D'Aagesen Capt. Nicholas S. Aagesen, the distinguished soldier and well known insurance man who has been sick at his home in this city since last Saturday , died this morning about 1 o'clock. Mr. Aagesen has been troubled for some time by a severe cold which developed into lung trouble last Saturday. There has been little hopes of his recovery at any time during his sickness.
Captain Aagesen was born in Copenhagen Nov. 7, 1833. His is a descendant of the old and honored Danish family of D'Aagesen . The famous historian D'Aagesen was of the same family. Not many of Mr. Aagesen's relatives are living at the present time. A few nephews and nieces live abroad, one of whom is in charge of a large hospital in Berlin. Captain Aagesen came to this country when about 25 year old. He spent a time in travel and then made his home in New Orleans, taking charge of the lumber interests of a northern firm. Just before the civil war Capt. Aagesen moved to the north as he did not fancy living in a country which was at war, whose cause he could not sympathize with. He was strongly opposed to slavery and his sympathies were all with the blacks. He came to Winnebago county and rented a farm near Burritt. He had contracted to buy stock for it when the war broke out. Receiving an invitation to join Co. D of the 55th Illinois he got Calvin Hemmenway to take the stock off his hands and joined as a private.
Capt. Aagesen's record in the army was a brilliant one. He was promoted through all the grades to captain and for seven months was acting colonel of the regiment. He was wounded at the battle of Shiloh and came to Rockford to recover from the effects of his wound. He made his home with Robert Dow while here and during the three months of his convalescence he won the heart of Miss Mary Dow. At Kenesaw mountain he was wounded again and left for dead upon the field. He did not die, however, and again came to Rockford to recover. While here at that time he married Miss Dow. When recovered from his wounds he was far from fit to return to the south, but in spite of this he returned to his regiment and served till the end of the war.
After the war Capt. Aagesen engaged in the shoe business in Lincoln, Ill., but soon retired from this on account of his ill health and came to Rockford to take up the insurance business. He had his office in the Horseman block. He was elected coroner in 1888 and served two terms.
Mrs. Aagesen and Schuyler Aagesen survive him. Capt. Aagesen was well known about Rockford and was well liked by all who knew him. He was amember of Nevius post and thoroughly enjoyed the meetings and reunions.
The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the house, 614 Cherry street, and at 3 o'clock at the Second Congregational church. The casket will be open at the house from 12 to 2 o'clock, but will not be opened at the church. The pall bearers will be three from Mr. Aagesen's old regiment and three from the church.
Son Scyler Aagesen born 23 Feb 1867 and died 14 May 1941 Rockford, Winnebago, IL.