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Ole H. Milesteen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole H. Milesteen

Birth Name

Ole Halvorsen Milesten

Other Names

Ole Halvorsen Milesten


6 Feb 1840 – 20 Sep 1863

Birth Place

Milstenen farm, Lunner parish, Oppland fylke, Hadeland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Perry, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

1 Jan 1862

Cause of Death

Killed in action

Death Location

Battle of Chickamauga, GA


Else Larsdatter Olimb

Mother Lived

30 Oct 1817- 2 Jul 1890


Halvor Olsen Milesten

Father Lived

18 Nov 1809- 16 Aug 1892



Ole H. Milesteen was born “Ole Halvorsen Milesten” on February 6, 1840, son of Halvor Olsen Milestenen and Else Larsdatter Olimb of Hadeland, Norway. He came with his parents and two siblings from Jevnaker parish, Oppland fylke in 1848. They came to Springfield Township, Dane County, WI, and moved by 1850 to Perry Township, Dane County.

He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.” The army listed Milesteen as living in Perry, Dane County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 23, 1861 in Dane County, and mustered on January 1, 1862 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was seriously wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Stones River near Murfreesboro, TN on December 31, 1862 and paroled. He was in parole camp at Annapolis, MD before being moved to Benton Barracks, St. Louis, MO. After he returned to his company, he was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. He was entered on the Roll of Honor for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps.


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.76; 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.488; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.305; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.310; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Three. 1847-1848, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2000, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 217, ID 1619; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Jevnaker, parish register #6, born and baptised, p. 12, in- and out-migrated, p. 300,;