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Knud Olsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Knud Olsen

Birth Name

ca. 1837 – 5 Nov 1889

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Beloit, Rock County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Dec 1861

Death Location

Story County, IA

Burial Location

Story City Cemetery, Story City, IA


Jane Knutson


Ole Oleson


unknown name

2nd Spouse

Carrie Johnson

2nd Spouse Lived

ca. 1865-

2nd Marriage Date

16 Nov 1887

2nd Marriage Location

Howard, Story County, IA

Knud Olsen was born about 1837 in Norway to Ole Oleson and Jane Knutson. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the “Rock River Rangers.”

The army listed him as living in Beloit, Rock County, WI, age 24, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 1, 1861 at Beloit, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 13, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Olsen was discharged from the service for disability due to disease at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on August 1, 1862.

After the war, his first wife died on an unknown date. In 1885, he was living in Story County, IA with his child and their spouse and kids: Albert (1862), Ingeborg (1860), Gurena (1881), and Olend (1882). On November 16, 1887, he married his second spouse Carrie Johnson in Howard, Story County. He was listed as 51, a widower, and a farmer. She was 22 years of age. Two years later on November 5, 1889, he died. He is buried in Story City Cemetery (formerly called Fairview Cemetery) in Story County.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.104; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.541; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.313; List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, living in Iowa, William L Alexander, Des Moines, IA, 1886, p.705; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355; Iowa, Select Marriages Index, FHL Film #1403711; Iowa Marriage Records, p.9; U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans;