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Peter Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 80709

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Name at Enlist

Peter Olson

Birth Name
Other Names

Peder Olsen Ofstedal


ca. 1842 –

Resident of Muster-In

Christiana, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Peter Olson was born “Peder Olsen Ofstedal”. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed him as living in Christiana, Dane County, WI, age 19, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 10, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was sent sick to the hospital in Jacinto, MS on July 28, 1862. On September 26, 1862, he was discharged from the service for disease in St. Louis, MO.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.34; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.395,397 photo; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.275, photo, 296; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II; Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p.809; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History BookCo., Minneapolis, MN, p.319.