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Thomas Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Thomas Olson

Birth Name
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25 Feb 1837 – 17 Feb 1900

Resident of Muster-In

Stoughton, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Death Location

Jasper, Pipestone County, MN

Burial Location

Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone, Pipestone County, MN


Ingebor T.

Thomas Olson 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 Stoughton, Dane County, WI, age 25, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 23, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Corporal (Korporal). Olson mustered out with Company B on December 1, 1864 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he moved back to WI. He filed a pension in 1882. In 1890, he is listed as living in Fountain Prairie, Pipestone County, MN. He died in Jasper in Pipestone County in February 17, 1900. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone, Pipestone County, MN. His widow, Ingebor T. Olson, filed a pension in his name on December 30, 1902.

Sources: WHS 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; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.265; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.297; 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; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Roll: 22; Page: 1; Enumeration District: 292;