|Name at Enlist||Niels Arneson|
|Other Names||Nils Arneson, Nels Arneson|
|Lived||ca. 1837 -|
|Residence at Muster-In||Chicago, Cook County, IL|
|Company at Enlistment||A|
|Rank at Enlistment||Private|
|Muster Date||15 Nov 1861|
|Death Location||Chicago, Cook County, IL|
Niels Arneson was born in Drammen, Norway. He 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 Arneson as living in Chicago, IL, age 24, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 31, 1861 at Chicago, and mustered on November 15, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was detached to the Pioneer Corps on November 26, 1862. He mustered out with A Company at Chattanooga, TN on December 20, 1864. He lived at 41 Armour Street, Chicago, IL after the war. Niels filed a pension by himself on March 24, 1905.
Sources: WHS 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 Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1895, 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; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_12.