OLSEN, Solfest

IL 1st Lt Arty New Battery B. Residence: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Born in Hardanger, Norway. Civil War: Shoemaker. Age 33. Gray eyes, red hair, light complexion, 5’10”. Enlisted for three years on 16 Jun 1864. Mustered 16 Jul 1863 at Chicago. Private. Mustered out 6 Jul 1865 at Chicago. Post war: Lived in Fairfax, Minnesota. In February 1867 while living in the National Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Solfest Olsen was granted a pension of $12 a month because of asthma, disability of his lungs, etc. Pension # 77,812. Sources: (ILSA reel 16 p28) (Ulvestad p319) (“Pensioners on the Roll as of January 1, 1883 (living in Wisconsin)”, Park Genealogical Books, Roseville, Minnesota publ. 1998.)

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