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Erik P. Oiene

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Erik P. Oiene

Birth Name

ca. 1841 – 27 May 1864

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

De Soto, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Cause of Death

Killed in action

Death Location

Battle of New Hope Church near Dallas, GA

Erik P. Oiene was born in Lyster, Norway. 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 him as living in De Soto, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI, age 20, unmarried, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’6½”. Oiene enlisted for three years on January 5, 1862 at Vernon, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Iuka, MS on August 20, 1862. On May 27, 1864, he was killed in action by gunshot in the Battle of New Hope Church, near Dallas, GA.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-10,18; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.118; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.570; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.310; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.320, p341.