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Ole M. Olsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ole M. Olsen

Birth Name

ca. 1842 – 11 Jul 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Black Earth, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA; grave 3162

Ole M. Olsen joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed him as living in Black Earth, Dane County, WI, age 19, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 15, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861, as a Private (Menig). Olsen was sick at Bowling Green, KY, on September 17, 1862, and sick in Chattanooga, TN, on December 24, 1863. He was taken prisoner at Knoxville on January 1, 1864, and died of disease in Andersonville Prison on July 11, 1864. Olsen was buried in grave 3162.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 34; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I, Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison WI, 1886, p. 809; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 395; The Martyrs who, for our country, gave up their lives in the prison pens in Andersonville, Ga., Quartermaster General’s Office, 1866, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, p. 148; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 296.