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Thore Oleson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Thore Oleson

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ca. 1830 –

Resident of Muster-In

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Thore Oleson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed him as living in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI, age 31, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 8, 1861 at Milwaukee, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 2, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Oleson was sick at Murfeesboro, TN on June 24, 1863. On September 9, 1863, he was sick and left behind at Bella Valley, AL and then sick at Wisen’s Gap. He was a prisoner of war on September 19, 1863 and was back in Chattanooga, TN by December 24, 1863. He mustered out with Company C on January 1, 1865 at Chattanooga.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.48; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.424; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.319; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.299.