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Lars Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Lars Olson

Birth Name
Other Names

Lars Johnson, Lars J. Olson


ca. 1840 – 12 Mar 1894

Resident of Muster-In

Neshonoc, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Madison, Dane Co, WI

Burial Location

Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI



Lars Olson was born about 1840. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

 The army listed him as living in Neshonoc, La Crosse County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 11, 1861 at La Crosse, WI, and mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Olson was left sick in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He became unfit for service and was discharged at Columbus, KY on October 16, 1862 by order of Lt. Col. Clutt.

After the war in 1890, Olsen was living in Little Falls, Monroe County, WI. His wife filed a pension in his name on July 26, 1895 in WI.

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 Co E saved by Captain T. A. Rossing, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison;  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.305; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_245; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Roll: 116, Page: 1, Enumeration District: 235.