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Ole Oleson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole Oleson

Birth Name

ca. 1845 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Mar 1864

Ole Oleson 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, Manitowoc County, WI, born in Norway, age 18, a farmer, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, and stood 5’6”. He enlisted for three years on February 16, 1864 at Manitowoc, and mustered on March 16, 1864 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal) and then transferred to I Company of the WI 13th Infantry on June 11, 1865. Oleson was discharged from the service on June 30, 1865 at New Orleans, LA by reason of being a supernumerary N.C.O.

Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin. Adjutant General’s Office, vol.18, p.180.