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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. 1834 – 27 May 1864

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Onalaska, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

3 Mar 1864

Cause of Death

killed in action

Death Location

battle at 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 Onalaska, La Crosse County, WI, a farmer, and age 30. He had blue eyes, light hair, sandy complexion, and stood 5’8”. He enlisted for three years on February 29, 1864 at La Crosse, WI. He mustered there on March 3, 1864 as a Private (Menig). He joined E Company at Knoxville, TN and was promoted to Corporal (Korporal). He was wounded and missing in battle at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864 and later found to have been killed.


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; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.279; 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.