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Ole Petersen, Jr.

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole Petersen, Jr.

Birth Name

ca. 1840 – 19 Apr 1863

Resident of Muster-In

Racine, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Stones River, TN ; section N, grave 91

Ole Petersen, Jr. joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

 The army listed him as living in Racine, Racine County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 14, 1861 at Milwaukee, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 2, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Peterson was sick in Bowling Green, KY on September 17, 1862. On March 16, 1863, he was in the hospital at Murfreesboro, TN and died there of disease on April 19, 1863. He was buried in National Cemetery at Stones River, TN; section N, grave 91.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.48; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.427; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.323; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.299.