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Knudt Olsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Knudt Olsen

Birth Name
Other Names



ca. 1837 – 27 May 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

Killed in action

Death Location

New Hope Church, GA



Knudt Olsen joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

 The army listed him as living in Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI, age 24, and married. He enlisted for three years on December 9, 1861 at Scandinavia and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Olsen was with the provisions transport from Stevenson, AL in September and October 1863. He was killed at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864. His widow, Thore, filed a pension in his name in 1865.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.132; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.603; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p,315; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355.