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Ole A. Thompson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole A. Thompson

Birth Name

7 Jun 1843 – 14 Aug 1918

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Door County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

1 Mar 1862

Death Location

Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI

Ole A. Thompson was born on June 7, 1843 in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Door County, WI, a farmer, age 18, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, dark hair, light complexion, and stood 5’7½”. He enlisted for three years on February 19, 1862 in Door County and mustered at Madison, WI on March 1, 1862 as a Private (Menig) with a bounty of $100. He sent to hospital sick on July 20, 1862. On August 21, 1862, he was sent to hospital in Iuka, MS. He took part in the bombardment at Island No. 10; was in the Battle at Perryville, KY on October 8, 1862; in a skirmish at Lancaster, KY on October 14, 1862; in the Battle of Stones River  on December 30-31, 1862; and in the Battle of Chickamauga, GA on September 20, 1863. He was with the provision transport from Stevenson, AL during October 1863. He was sick in Chattanooga on September 21, 1864 and was sent to convalescent center. On January 13, 1865, he was assigned to Company H at Whiteside, TN then to 24th Infantry. He was discharged from the service at Huntsville, AL on March 13, 1865, his term of service having expired. He is entered on the Roll of Honor for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps for his role in the Battle of Stones River. He died on August 14, 1918 and was buried at Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8,15; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.92; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] by Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.519; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.308;  Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.334; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL.