OLESON, John

IA 12th Inf Co B. Residence: Dubuque, Iowa. Born in 1835 in Leksviken, Norway, on the Landsem farm. He was a son of Ole and Margaret Landsom. Civil War: Age 26. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’9”. Enlisted 23 Nov 1861. Mustered 23 Nov 1861. Private. Missing in battle 6 Apr 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee. Wounded and taken prisoner at Shiloh. Held at Montgomery, Alabama. Paroled 17 Oct 1862 at Aiken’s Landing, Virginia, and sent to St. Louis, Missouri. Formally exchanged on 19 Nov 1862. Mustered out 30 Nov 1864, expiration of term of service. Post war: Lived in Spring Grove, Minnesota. Died in Houston, Texas, in 1897. Brothers: Iver & Lorentz Landsem. Sources: (ISW-II p506) (Ulvestad p303) (“Landsom Family History”, 19 Feb 1994, copy furnished by Milford Landsom, Spring Grove, Minnesota) “Olston, John” “Landsom, John” “Olson, John”

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