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Knud Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Knud Olson

Birth Name

ca. 1842 –

Resident of Muster-In

Black Earth, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Knud Olson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed him as living in Black Earth, Dane County, WI, age 19, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 17, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Olson was transferred from Company C. On July 28, 1862, he was sent sick to hospital in Jacinto, MS. On December 17 and 20, 1862, he served on military police duty. He was left behind with the supply train because of illness on September 11, 1863 and then sick in Nashville on September 19, 1863. On July 1, 1864, he was transferred at Chattanooga, TN, to Veteran Reserve Corp.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.34; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.394; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p.809.