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Ole L. Haugness

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole L. Haugness

Birth Name

Ole Larsen Haugnes

Other Names

Ole Haugnes, Ole Hounes, Ole Hougness, Haunes


27 Nov 1839 – 22 Jan 1865

Birth Place

Haugnes, Hurdal, Akershus

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Clermont, Fayette County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA


Karen Katrine Hansdatter Buraas


Lars Hansen Haugnes



Ole L Haunes was born on November 27, 1839 at Haugnes, Hurdal, Akershus, Norway, son of Lars Hansen Haugnes and Karen Katrine Hansdatter Buraas. He emigrated to America in 1861. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves “Heg’s Rifles” in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the “Voss Company” because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.

The army listed Haunes as living in Clermont, Fayette County, IA, age 23, a farmer, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’9”. He enlisted for three years on January 10, 1862 at Clermont, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Bowling Green, KY on November 4, 1862. He was wounded at Chickamauga, GA on September 19, 1863 and sent to hospital. Haunes was later sent north. He was then wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864 and captured by the enemy. He died of his wounds in Andersonville Prison on January 22, 1865.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10, -17; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.116; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.562; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.290; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.309; Letter, Kjell Haugnes, who is a great-grandson of Even Larson Haugnes, brother to Ole.