Oscar W. Gibson

Oscar W. Gibson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Oscar W. Gibson
Birth Name
Lived ca. 1843 - 2 Feb 1864
Residence at Muster-In Waterford, Racine County, WI
Company at Enlistment C
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 2 Dec 1861
Cause of Death disease
Death Location Libby Prison, Richmond, VA
Burial Location Richmond Cemetery

Oscar W. Gibson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the "Norway Bear Hunters," but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Gibson as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 9, 1861 at Waterford, and mustered on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal). He was assigned as an orderly at Brigade Headquarters on June 1, 1863. He was taken prisoner at Battle of Chickamauga, GA and died of disease in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA on February 2, 1864. He was buried in Richmond Cemetery. He was entered on the Roll of Honor for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.42; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.413; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.298.



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