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|Name at Enlist|
Ragnald Lasse Son, Laesseson, Lesseson
10 Sep 1833 – 06 Apr 1863
Skrenes, Balestrand, Sogn og Fjordane
|Resident of Muster-In|
Christiana, Dane County, WI
|Company at Enlistment|
|Rank at Enlistment|
16 Nov 1861
|Cause of Death|
Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, TN
Section I, Grave No. 228, Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Count
Sigrid Johansdatter Skrenes
Ragnald Lasseson was enlisted under the name Rognald Lasseson of in Company B of the 15th WI by Captain Ole C. Johnson on October 22 or 23, 1861. The men of the company called themselves the Wergeland Guards in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet. Rognald was mustered into Federal service as a Private (Menig) for a 3-year term of service on November 16, 1861 at Camp Randall near Madison, Dane County, WI. At the time he was 29 years old and not married. His occupation was listed as laborer and his residence as Christiana, Dane County, WI. He was recorded as having blue eyes, dark color hair, a light complexion, and standing 5 feet 10 inches tall.
After some 3 months at Camp Randall learning to be a soldier, Private Lasseson left there in early March 1862 with his company and regiment to join the war. In March and April the 15th participated in siege of Island No. 10 in the Mississippi River in TN and the raid on Union City, TN. That summer Company B was with the 15th on campaign through TN, MS, and AL. In August and September the 15th took part in the grueling 400-mile retreat with General Buell up to Louisville, KY, with the last 2 weeks being on half rations and very short of water.
On October 8, 1862, the regiment took part in the Battle of Perryville, KY, which is also called the Battle of Chaplin Hills. While this was the first big battle the 15th was in, it emerged without any fatalities. In late December 1862, the 15th fought at Bald Knob, TN, where it captured a Confederate artillery cannon. It then fought in the long, cold, wet, and bloody Battle of Stone River, TN, also called the Battle of Murfreesboro. There the regiment suffered severely in killed, wounded, and captured, and was afterwards cited for its bravery.
Private Lasseson survived a year of hard marching and fighting, only to die of “typhoid fever”, also referred to a nerve or nervous fever, while camped near Murfreesboro.
Sources: Genealogical data courtesy of Ronald Pearson; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894); Regimental Descriptive Rolls, Volume 20, Office of the Adjutant General State of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin, 1885).