Ole Olsen Brager

Ole Olsen Brager

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Ole Olsen Brager
Birth Name Ole Olsen Brager
Patronymic Name Olsen
Lived 29 Dec 1836 - 11 May 1865
Birth Place Brager farm, Sør-Aurdal parish, Oppland fylke
Birth Country Norway
Company at Enlistment B
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 5 Nov 1864
Cause of Death Disease
Death Location Madison, Dane County, WI
Burial Location Black Earth, Vermont Township, WI
Mother Kari Olsdatter S. Grøv
Mother Lived 1814- 1882
Father Ole Ellendsen Brager Braka
Father Lived 1806- 1887
Immigration 1861

Ole Olson Brager was born 1836 in Sør-Aurdal, Oppland fylke, Norway. His parents were Ole Ellendsen Brager Braka and Kari Olsdatter S. Grøv. He immigrated in 1861.

He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. Two brothers - Knud and Ellend - also joined the Wisconsin 15th. The men of the company called themselves the "Wergeland Guards" in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Brager as a laborer and age 27. He had blue eyes, red hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’6½”. He enrolled was a Private (Menig) for one year on November 5, 1864 at Fond du Lac, WI as a substitute for William Marsh of Lyman, Dodge County, WI. He was said to have also been in the WI 15th Infantry, but nothing official found. He became ill and was sent to a hospital in Madison, WI where he died of disease on May 11, 1865. He was buried at Black Earth, Vermont Township, WI. His stone reads “29 Dec 1839 – 11 May 1865”.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 87-13; Letter to Minneapolis Norwegian Language Newspaper, 1892, signed A.K.Brenden, Bend, OR; Wisconsin Cemetery Records; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Ann Urness Gesme, Cedar Rapids, IA; Oppland fylke, Sør-Aurdal, Ministerialbok nr. 3 (1825-1840), Fødte og døpte [Births and deaths] 1837, side 166-167.

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