OLESON, George

WI 14th Inf Co B. Residence: Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Born “Jørgen Olsen Jomfruland” on 21 Apr 1842 in Drangedal, Norway, a son of Ole Olsen Jomfruland Vraalstad and Aashild Jonsdatter Sneeaas. He came to America with his parents and two brothers, Ole and Jøhn, on “Aeolus”, which sailed from Havre, France, and arrived in New York on 28 Aug 1843. They lived the first year in the Muskego, Wisconsin, settlement. In 1844 they moved to Ixonia Township, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, and in 1856, they moved to New Hope, where they were living when the war began. Civil War: Age 22. Farmer. Unmarried. Blue eyes, brown hair, sandy complexion, 5’8½” Enlisted for three years on 31 Dec 1863 at La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mustered there the same day. Private. Took part in the Red River expedition in 1864, and the battle for Nashville, 15 Dec 1864. Discharged from the service 31 May 1865. Post war: Became a carpenter and sawmill operator. He was married on 16 Nov 1870 to Paulina Stianson (1846-1930). Died in Iola, Wisconsin, 13 Feb 1899. Buried at New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Iola, Wisconsin. Sources: (WHS red book vol 19, p40) (Wisconsin Cemetery Records) (email, Marwin Wrolstad mojo@gglbbs.com) (Naeseth ’43-1638) “Wrolstad, Jørgen Olsen”