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Osten Rulland

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Osten Rulland

Birth Name
Other Names

Ostein; Oystein; Østen


ca. 1837 –

Birth Place

Nord Fron

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Upper Coon Valley, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Osten Rulland joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of Company E called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Upper Coon Valley, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI, born in Nord Fron, Norway, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 5, 1861 in Monroe County, WI, but the enlistment credited to Portland, Monroe County. Rulland mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was left sick in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862 and sent to hospital near Farmington, MS on July 28, 1862. The “Date, place and order of discharge not known, the account having been destroyed.” Non-military sources indicate he was discharged from the service for disability on October 11, 1862 at Cincinnati, OH.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.78; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.491; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.325; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.138, photo; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; “Coon Valley”, pub. 1928, Upper Coon Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church, Coon Valley, WI.