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Ole Pederson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole Pederson

Birth Name

Ole Pedersen Lillelien

Other Names

Ole Wesley


2 Dec 1843 – 21 Sep 1864

Birth Place

Lillelien, Gausdal, Oppland fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA; grave 9461


Anne Johannesdatter Solberg


Peder Torgersen Lillelien



Ole Pederson was born “Ole Pedersen Lillelien” on December 2, 1843 in Norway, the son of Peder Torgersen Lillelien and Anne Johannesdatter Solberg. He came to America, with his parents and six siblings, from Østre Gausdal, Oppland on April 18, 1848. The Wesley surname apparently came from the Vesterlie subfarm at Lillelien. They came to the town of Lebanon, Dodge County, WI, and later moved to the town of St. Lawrence, Waupaca County. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

 The army listed him as living in St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. Pederson enlisted for three years on November 4, 1861 at Scandinavia, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was with the provisions transport from Stevenson, AL in October 1863. He was taken prisoner at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864, and died of scurvy in Andersonville Prison on September 21, 1864. He was buried there in grave 9461.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 134; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.605; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 340; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 180, photo; p. 315; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume 3. 1847-1848, Gerhard B. Naeseth, edited by Blaine Hedberg, 2000, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 229, ID 1820; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Gausdal parish register #7, born and baptised, p. 50. out-migrated, p. 285,; The Martyrs who, for our country, gave up their lives in the prison pens in Andersonville, Ga., Quartermaster General’s Office, 1866, Government Printing Office, Washington, p. 153; “Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison” Atwater List, pub. 1865; Liste over gårder i Gausdal, Wikipedia.