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Nils Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Nils Olson

Birth Name

ca. 1819 – 22 Sep 1862

Resident of Muster-In

Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

U. S. General Hospital in Jackson, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Corinth, MS



Nils 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 Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI, age 42, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 25, 1861 at Oconomowoc, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 8, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Olson sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was absent with the commissary supply train during July 1862. He was sick in Iuka, MS on August 20, 1862. Olson died of disease at U. S. General Hospital in Jackson, TN on September 22, 1862. He was buried in National Cemetery at Corinth, MS. His widow, Mary, filed a pension in his name on February 2, 1863.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 77-8, 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; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355.