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Tideman Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Tideman Olson

Birth Name

Tideman Olsen Klemetsrud

Other Names

Timan, Tedeman


2 Jun 1839 – 23 Jan 1912

Birth Place

Klementsrud, Hedalen parish, Sør-Aurdal, Oppland fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Black Earth, Vermont Township, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Death Location

Polk County, MN

Burial Location

First English Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor, Polk County, MN


Anne Guulsdatter Aasen

Mother Lived

30 Sep 1810-10 Aug 1893


Ole Tidemandsen Omsrud (the elder)

Father Lived

20 Nov 1816-27 Dec 1899




Ragnild Johnsdatter

Spouse Lived

20 Dec 1840-2 May 1913

Married On

1 Apr 1876

Marriage Location

Rembrandt, Buena Vista County, IA

Tidemand was born at Klemetsrud, Hedal, Sør-Aurdal, Oppland and left the parish March 27, 1857, with his parents and siblings.  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 Black Earth, Vermont Township, Dane County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 15, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861, as a Private (Menig). Olson was wounded by accident at Bird’s Point, MO. He was discharged as unfit for service in Jacinto, MS, on August 7, 1862.

After the war,  he lived in Buena Vista County, IA, where he married Ragnild.  Their children were:  Ole Johan/Johan T (1877-1961), Alfred (1878-1935), Karl Julius/Julius C (1880-1964), Anne Kristine (1882-1958), Olava Beata (1884-1884), Inga Olava (1885-1969),  George (1888-1889), and Henry (1888-1888). By 1900 the family had moved to Polk Co., MN.  Tedeman died there and is buried in the First English Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor.


Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin. Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 34; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I, Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p. 809; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 396;  Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 296; Letter to Minneapolis Norwegian Language Newspaper, 1892, signed A.K.Brenden, Bend OR; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; IA 1885 Census; IA 1895 Census,;; “Norwegian Immigrants 1850 and later”, database, NAGCNL, ##31089.