|Name at Enlist||Ole Nilson Damness|
|Other Names||Ole Dannes|
|Lived||ca. 1828 - 20 Sep 1863|
|Residence at Muster-In||Manchester Township, Freeborn County, MN|
|Company at Enlistment||K|
|Rank at Enlistment||Corporal|
|Muster Date||1 Feb 1862|
|Cause of Death||killed in action|
|Death Location||Battle of Chickamauga, GA|
Ole Nilsen Damness joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself "Clausen's Guards" in honor of the 15th's first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.
The army listed Damness as living in Manchester Township, Freeborn County, MN, age 33, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 18, 1861 in Freeborn County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 1, 1862. He was designated Corporal (Korporal) on February 1, 1862. In October 1862, he was sick in Bardstown, KY. He was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga, GA on September 20, 1863.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.140; Freeborn County, MN Historical Society; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.621; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.262; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.317.