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Ole V. Wingaard

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
Ole V. Wingaard Profile Image
Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 89044

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Name at Enlist

Ole V. Wingaard

Birth Name

27 Oct 1836 – 18 Jul 1915

Birth Place

Christiania (now Oslo)

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Burial Location

Lutheran Cemetery, Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA




Martine Gulbranson

Spouse Lived

14 Apr 1834-19 Jul 1876

Married On

23 Jan 1862

Marriage Location

Washington Prairie church

2nd Spouse

Anna Hegge

2nd Spouse Lived


2nd Marriage Location

Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA

Ole V. Wingaard was born on October 27, 1836 in Christiania, Norway. He came to America and to Decorah in 1860. He was married to Martine Gulbranson on January 23, 1862 at Washington Prairie church.

He 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.

He enlisted for three years on January 23, 1862 in Winneshiek County and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). His residence is listed as Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA.  He was on Military Police duty in October 1862. He was seriously wounded at Stones River, TN on December 31, 1862 and sent to a hospital in Nashville, TN. He became unfit for service and was discharged fordisability due to his wounds at Louisville, KY on April 27, 1863.

After the war he and his wife had six children and he became a tailor. Three of the children were Emma (1864), Minnie (1870), and Nellie (1873). Martine Wingaard died in July 1876 in Washington Prairie. In 1893, Ole was living in Decorah, IA. In August 1904, he married Mrs. Anna Hegge. Anna was born about 1853 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1866. Ole Wingaard died at Decorah on Sunday, July 18, 1915 and is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery there.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.150; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.647 photo; DGA obit, Decorah Republican, 22 Jul 1915, p.2 col.5; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.340;  Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.195 photo; p.320; Winneshiek County Marriage Records; List of Ex-Soldiers,Sailors and Marines, living in Iowa, by William L. Alexander, Des Moines, IA 1886, p.705; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL;; 1880 Census, Roll: 370, Family History Film: 1254370, Page: 104C, Enumeration District: 343, Image: 0397; 1900 Census, Roll: T624_428, Page: 3B, Enumeration District: 0151, FHL microfilm: 1374441; 1910 Census, Roll: 370, Family History Film: 1254370, Page: 104C, Enumeration District: 343, Image: 0397; picture,Nrc:id-1079,N:4294963828-4294955414&dsNavOnly=N:1170&dsRecordDetails=R:IM89044.