OLSON, Lars Johan

WI 15th Inf Co B. Residence: Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born “Lars Olsen Medalseie” (or “Medalen”) on 26 May 1840 near Hurum at Eggerud, Buskerud, Norway. He was the fourth child of Ole Torstensen Medalsplassen and Eli Ellefsdatter Bøleshagen. Came to America in 1861. Civil War: Age 21. Unmarried. Enlisted for three years on 28 Oct 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin, and mustered there on 16 Nov 1861. Private. Seriously wounded in Battle of Stone’s River, Tennessee, 31 Dec 1862, and died of wounds near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 3 Jan 1863. Buried Stone’s River National Battlefield, grave unknown. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 77-8; red book vol 20 p34) (“Sigdal og Eggedal, Gard og Slekt” by Andreas Morch, vol 3, p1190) (Buslett p394) (RWV p809) (Ager p297) (Letter, Donald E. McGee, Superintendent, Stones River National Battlefield; 28 Oct 1987) (Death certificate, Records of Adjutant General, State of Wisconsin; certificate dated 6 Dec 1879.)