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Charles Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Charles Olson

Birth Name

ca. 1823 – 14 Jan 1863

Resident of Muster-In

Buchanan, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Death Location

Nashville Hospital

Burial Location

National Cemetery, Nashville, TN; section B, grave 1075

Charles Olson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Buchanan, La Crosse County, WI, age 38, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 12, 1861 at La Crosse, and mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Olson was sick in a hospital at Nashville, TN on August 1, November 26, and on December 26, 1862. He “has not been heard from since and is dropped as deserter”, the Company E clerk wrote on the roster of August 31, 1864. Charles Olson died at Nashville Hospital on January 14, 1863 and is buried at the National Cemetery there; section B, grave 1075.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.76; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co. E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.489; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.305.