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Ole S Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole S Olson

Birth Name

ca. 1830 – 6 Jun 1910

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Jan 1862

Death Location

Otter Tail County, MN

Burial Location

Trefoldighed Lutheran Church Cemetery, Battle Lake, Otter Tail County, MN


ca. 1860



Spouse Lived

13 Feb 1831 and 4 Sep 1909

Ole S. Olson was born about 1830 in Norway. He married a woman named Margarethe and they had at least one child together while still in Norway named John (1857). They immigrated about 1860 to the United States.

Olson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI, age 32, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 8, 1862 at Manitowoc, and mustered at Madison, WI on January 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Olson was seriously wounded at Stones River, TN on June 30, 1862, and sent to the hospital in Nashville, TN. He went from there to Madison, WI where he was mustered out on January 13, 1865.

After the war, Olson and his family relocated to MN. By 1880, they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN. Ole was working as an expressman. His wife, son, and daughter-in-law Josephine were living with him. In 1885, they were living with Clitherall, Otter Tail County, MN. In 1895, they had relocated to Battle Lake, Otter Tail County, MN and he worked as a farmer. By 1910, he was widowed, living with his son John and grandson Arthur (1886), and working as a sign painter. Olson died on June 6, 1910. Both he and his wife are buried in Trefoldighed Lutheran Church Cemetery in Battle Lake.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-8, 77-2; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.90; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.515; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.308; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Enumeration District #170, Supervisor’s District #4, Page #1; 1885 MN Census, Roll #MNSC_35, Line 28; 1895 MN Census, Roll# V290_80, line 35; 1880 Census, Roll: 622, Family History Film: 1254622, Page: 144A, Enumeration District: 235, Image: 0110; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_714, Page: 7A, Enumeration District: 0139, FHL microfilm: 1374727;