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Gulbrand Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Gulbrand Olson

Birth Name

29 May 1824 – 30 Jul 1922

Resident of Muster-In

Freeborn County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Death Location

Freeborn County, MN

Burial Location

Hartland Village cemetery, Freeborn County, MN


Martha G.

Spouse Lived

14 Apr 1835- 27 Feb 1907

Gulbrand Olson was born on May 29, 1824. He married Martha G. before the war at an unknown date. He 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 Olson as living in Freeborn County, MN, age 35, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 18, 1862 in Freeborn County and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Olson was sick in Murfreesboro, TN on May 21, 1863. On May 27, 1864, he was wounded in his right arm at New Hope Church, GA. Olson was discharged from the service for disability due to his wound at Harvey Hospital in Madison, WI on November 28, 1864.

After the war, Olson was awarded a pension of $2.67 per month for the wound in his right arm. He worked as a farmer. He and Martha had 9 children, 7 of whom were still living in 1900. They included: Ole (1861), Severine (1862), Gutorm (1864), Edward (1866), Maria (1869), Julia (1871), Ada (1875), John (1880), and Theodore (1882).

He died on July 30, 1922 and was buried in Hartland Village cemetery, Freeborn County, MN. Martha was buried in the same cemetery.

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 p146; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige, p.637; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire WI, p.319; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis MN p.316; Pensioners on the Roll as of January 1, 1883, living in Minnesota, publ. 1994, Park Genealogical Books, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_4, Page: 930, Image: 346, Family History Library Film: 830424; 1880 Census, Roll: 620, Family History Film: 1254620, Page: 33B, Enumeration District: 091, Image: 0069; 1900 Census, Roll: 764, Page: 4B, Enumeration District: 0047, FHL microfilm: 1240764; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_696, Page: 1A, Enumeration District: 0050, FHL microfilm: 1374709; Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard, 3/6/1907;