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Ole Colby

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole Colby

Birth Name

Ole Aslesen Redalen

Other Names

Ole Colley; Ole Aslesen Colby, Ole Aslesen Redalen


30 Oct 1839 – 14 Mar 1875

Birth Place

Krøsherad, Sigdal, Buskerud

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Primrose, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

5 Jan 1862

Death Location

Huxley, Story County, IA

Burial Location

Fjeldberg Cemetery, Huxley, IA


Christie Eriksdatter

Mother Lived



Asle Colbjornsen Redalen


31 Jul 1848



Spouse Lived

29 Sep 1833- 25 Sep 1916

Married On

19 Nov 1865

Marriage Location

Blue Mounds, Dane County, WI

Ole Colby was born on October 30, 1839 in Krøsherad, Sigdal, Buskerud, Norway. His parents were Asle Colbjornsen Redalen and Christie Eriksdatter. He immigrated in 1848.

In 1860, he was living with his mother and siblings Christi (1846) and Mary (1853). His other siblings were Guro, Guri, Colbjorn, and Erick.

Colbjornson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the “Rock River Rangers.”

The army listed him as living in Primrose, Dane County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 3, 1862 at Primrose, and mustered at Madison, WI on January 5, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was a hospital steward for a time. He mustered out with Company G on January 13, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he married Gunbjor on November 19, 1865 in Blue Mounds, Dane County, WI. They moved to IA and opened a general store in Huxley. Their children include Harold, Emma, Christena, and an unnamed baby. Colby died on March 14, 1875 in Huxley, Story County, IA. He is buried in Fjeldberg Cemetery in Huxley. Gunbjor moved back to WI and died on September 25, 1916 in McFarland, Dane County, WI. She was buried in Lower McFarland Cemetery.


Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.100; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.531; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.312; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.275; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1404, Page: 819, Image: 165, Family History Library Film: 805404;; Norway Digital Archives.