Skip Navigation

Kittel Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

Database Record Change Request

Name at Enlist

Kittel Olson

Birth Name

Kittil Olsen Klaboe

Other Names



28 Sep 1823 – 3 May 1873

Birth Place

Klaboe, Sigdal parish, Buskerud fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Worth County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Cause of Death

Farm accident

Death Location

Worth County, IA

Burial Location

Silver Lake Cemetery, Worth County, IA


Kari Kittilsdatter


Ole Torgersen




Marie Bergo

Kittel Olson was born in Sigdal parish, Buskerud, Norway on September 28, 1823. His parents were Ole Torgersen and Kari Kittilsdatter Klaboe. He left the parish May 2, 1853 to come to America. Olsen married Maria/Marie Bergo. They had at least two children: Tosten and Ole.

Olson 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 him as living in Worth County, IA, farmer, age 49, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 18, 1862 in Worth County and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Olson was left behind sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was sick in military hospital in July and then became unfit for service and was discharged for disability at Jacinto, MS on July 22, 1862.

He died on May 3, 1873 in a farm accident and was buried at Silver Lake Cemetery, Worth County.

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.148; Walk; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.638; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.319;; Lincoln Klabo; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355;; Iowa, Marriage Records, Iowa State Archives; Des Moines, Iowa; Volume: 310 and 399 (Sac – Wright); Sigdal parish register #I 5/1, born and baptised, p. 70, #I8 in- and out-migrated, p. 448,