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Ole Erickson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole Erickson

Birth Name

ca. 1838 – 29 Jan 1864

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Arendahl, Fillmore County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

chronic diarrhea

Death Location

U.S. General Hospital No.19 in Nashville, TN

Burial Location

Nashville Cemetery; section E, grave 1430

Ole Erickson was born in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Erickson as living in Arendahl, Fillmore County, MN, a wagon maker, age 23, and unmarried. He had brown eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’9”. He enlisted for three years on December 18, 1861 at La Crosse, WI, and mustered on December 20, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal) on September 2, 1862 by order of Col. H. C. Heg. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 1, 1863. He died of chronic diarrhea in U.S. General Hospital No.19 in Nashville, TN on January 29, 1864. He was buried in Nashville Cemetery; section E, grave 1430.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.72; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.475; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.303.