Ole  Anderson

Ole Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Ole Anderson
Birth Name
Lived ca. 1844 -
Residence at Muster-In Boone County, IL
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 8 Jan 1862
Death Location Ridgeway, Winneshiek County, IA
Burial Location Lincoln Cemetery, Ridgeway County, IA

Ole Anderson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of the company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.

The army listed Anderson as living in Boone County, IL, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 3, 1862, in Boone County, and mustered on January 8, 1862, at Madison, WI, as a Private (Menig). He was sick in the hospital in Bardstown, KY, on December 8, 1862. Anderson was taken prisoner at Battle of Stones River, TN, on December 31, 1862. He was paroled in St Louis, MO, in 1863. On June 1, 1863, he was sick in the Benton Barracks, St Louis, MO. He was transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps on September 1, 1863. He was discharged from the service for disability on order from General Rosecrans on September 16, 1863.

After the war, on May 28, 1877, he filed a pension. In 1886, he was living in Ridgeway, Winneshiek County, IA. He is buried at Lincoln Cemetery, Ridgeway, IA.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 14; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, compiled circa 1885, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 10; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p. 345; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 269; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 291; List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, living in Iowa, by William L Alexander, Des Moines, IA, 1886, p. 705; WPA "Graves Registration Project", Washington DC; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_9; ancestry.com.

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