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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. 1839 – 27 May 1864

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

26 Feb 1864

Cause of Death

killed in action

Death Location

battle of New Hope Church, GA

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 La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI, a farmer, and age 25. He had blue eyes, blond hair, sandy complexion, and stood 5’9½”. He enlisted for three years on February 26, 1864 at La Crosse, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). He joined E Company at Knoxville, TN. He was killed by a gunshot in the battle of New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-13,16; 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; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.629.