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Olaus Solberg

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Olaus Solberg

Birth Name
Other Names



20 Jan 1813 – 29 Dec 1907

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Bath Township, Freeborn County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment

Second Lieutenant

Muster Date

30 Jan 1862

Burial Location

Butternut Valley Cemetery, Butternut, Blue Earth, MN


Karen (Caroline) Nielsdtr

Spouse Lived

8 Jun 1808- 9 Sep 1873

Married On

20 May 1841

Marriage Location

Sorø, Sorø, Denmark

Olaus Solberg was born in Norway on January 20, 1813. He married Karen Nielsdatter in Denmark on May 20, 1841. Before the war began, he was living in MN with his wife.

Olaus joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed him as living in Bath Township, Freeborn County, MN, age 49, and married to a woman named Caroline. He enlisted for three years on November 25, 1861, in Freeborn County. Solberg was commissioned Second Lieutenant (Løytnant) on January 30, 1862. On February 11, 1862, he mustered at Madison, WI. He resigned on May 7, 1862, at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on special order No. 154 from General Halleck.

After the war, he worked as a farmer living in Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, MN.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-12; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, vol. 20, p. 140; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA, p. 618; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 258; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 316; FCHS; 1890 Veterans and Widows Census, Minnesota, No.123, roll 22;; 1880 Census, Roll: 615, Family History Film: 1254615, Page: 415A, Enumeration District: 016, Image: 0838; 1885 MN Census, MNSC_21, line 31; Denmark, Select Marriages, 1635-1916, FHL Film #52545, Ref. ID 29.