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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. 1835 – 21 Nov 1863

Resident of Muster-In

Chicago, Cook County, IL

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

15 Nov 1861

Cause of Death

Chronic diarrhea

Death Location

U. S. General Hospital Number 4 in Murfreesboro, TN

Knud Olson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Wolf Hunters.” They were also known as the “Waupun Company” because so many of its members were from Waupun.

The army listed him as living in Chicago, IL, age 26, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 1, 1861 at Chicago, and mustered at Madison, WI on November 15, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Olson was assigned to the Pioneer Corps on November 26, 1862. A year later, he died of chronic diarrhea at U. S. General Hospital Number 4 in Murfreesboro, TN on November 21, 1863.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 78-3; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.62;Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.453; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.302.