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Ole K. Knudson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole K. Knudson

Birth Name
Other Names

Ole Knudson Kirkeberg


ca. 1825 – 17 May 1904

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment

Private and Musician

Muster Date

12 Dec 1861

Death Location

Gjerpen, Manitowoc County, WI

Burial Location

West Valders Cemetery, Liberty Township, Manitowoc County, WI


Ingra Olson

Mother Lived




Spouse Lived

ca. 1830-

Ole K. Knudson was born “Ole Knudson Kirkeberg” in Valders, Norway. He immigrated before 1855 to Manitowoc County, WI. He and his wife, Bertha/Briet, had at least nine children, including: Knud (1855), Ole (1856), Mary (1857), Ingri (1859), Mary #2 (1860), Briet/ Bertha (1863), Emilie (1864), Niels (1866), and Otto (1869). All the children were born in WI.

Knudson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway. The army listed him as living in Manitowoc County, WI, age 36, and married. Knudson enlisted on October 23, 1861, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 12, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He assigned as a Company Musician. He was sick in the hospital on July 20, 1862 and in the hospital at Iuka, MS on August 21, 1862. He was discharged from the service for disease in St. Louis, MO on February 16, 1863.

After the war, he returned to Liberty, Manitowoc County, WI and worked as a farmer. He died on May 17, 1904 and is buried in West Valders Cemetery, Liberty Township, Manitowoc County, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.508; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.307; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.300; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_267; 1890 Veterans Schedule, Roll: 114; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 156;; Manitowoc County Civil War Round Table,,%20Ole%20K.pdf; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1418, Page: 356, Image: 28, Family History Library Film: 805418; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1723, Page: 160A, Image: 323, Family History Library Film: 553222; Wisconsin Deaths, Vol. 04, p.0305, Reel 51, Image 1794, Index Vol. 02, Sequence #: 201497.