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Ole Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole Hanson

Birth Name

ca. 1838 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

East Troy, Cast Iron, Walworth County, WI

Company at Enlistment


2nd Company


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

17 Feb 1864

Ole Hanson was born in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself Clausen’s Guards in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen.  Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed Hanson as living in East Troy, Cast Iron, Walworth County, WI, age 26, married, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, and stood 5’10 ½”. He enlisted for three years on January 15, 1864 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on February 17, 1864 as a Private (Menig). He joined Company K at McDonalds Station, TN on April 26, 1864. He was taken prisoner at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864. He is on a list of Andersonville prisoners of war. Hanson was assigned to Company H on February 10, 1865. He was temporarily assigned to the WI 24th Infantry. He then transferred to I Company of the WI 13th Infantry on June 10,1865. He mustered out at San Antonio, TX.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.18, p.178, vol.20, p.144; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.625; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.288; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.317;