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Kittel Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Kittel Olson

Birth Name

Kittil Olsen Frosteli


22 Jul 1844 – 10 Oct 1863

Birth Place

Frosteli, Nissedal parish, Telemark fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Ridgeway, Iowa County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

18 Jan 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Stevenson, AL


Daardi Olsdatter


Ole Kittilsen Frosteli



Kittel Olsen was born on the Frosteli farm, Nissedal parish, Telemark. He left the parish April 8, 1861 with his parents and younger siblings, to come to America.

Kittel Olson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of Company E called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Ridgeway, Iowa County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 16, 1862 in Dane County, and mustered on January 18, 1862 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was left sick in a hospital at Union City, TN on June 20, 1862. He was sick with dysentery at Stevenson, AL on September 9, 1863 and died there on October 10, 1863. After the war, his mother, Dordi Kittleson, filed a pension in his name.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.76; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Company E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.490; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.277, photo, p.305; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.317; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355; Nissedal parish register #I 2, born and baptised, p. 95, #I 3, in- and out-migrated, p. 805.