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Ole Knudson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole Knudson

Birth Name
Other Names

Knutson, Knutsen


ca. 1830 – 27 May 1864

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Jackson, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

5 Jan 1864

Cause of Death

killed in action

Death Location

Battle of New Hope Church, GA

Ole Knudson was born in Norway. He joined WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet. The army listed him as living in Jackson, LaCrosse County, WI, age 33, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, light hair, sandy complexion, and stood 5’9”. Knudson enlisted for three years on January 5, 1864 at La Crosse, and mustered the same day as a Private (Menig). He joined Company B at Knoxville, TN. On May 12, 1864, he was wounded in the Battle of Resaca, GA. He was killed at 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; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.32; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.386; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p.809; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.295; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.629; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.303.