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|Name at Enlist|
ca. 1841 – 5 Aug 1864
|Resident of Muster-In|
Stoughton, Dane County, WI
|Company at Enlistment|
|Rank at Enlistment|
13 Feb 1862
|Cause of Death|
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section F, grave 285
Ole Olson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves “Heg’s Rifles” in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the “Voss Company” because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.
The army listed him as living in Stoughton, Dane County, WI, born in Norway, age 20, unmarried, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, and stood 5’2”. Olson enlisted for three years on November 26, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was shot in the head in Atlanta on July 23, 1864 and died in a hospital at Chattanooga, TN on August 5, 1864. Olson was buried in the National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section F, grave 285. After his death, his father Isaac filed a pension in his name in 1882.
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10,18; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.118; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.570; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.310; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355.