The race was on to form the first Norwegian unit in the Civil War. Wisconsin was determined to win.
The 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Madison, and was formed at Camp Randall on February 14, 1862. This regiment was also known as the Scandinavian Regiment (or the Fighting Oles) since almost all of the soldiers were from Norway, with the rest from Denmark and Sweden. Over 90% of the regiment were born in Norway. During its 3 year term of service, the 15th also earned a well deserved reputation for bravery and steadfastness in battle. This presentation will focus on the role Norwegians from Stoughton played in this regiment. David Listug, an avid historian and civil war buff, whose great-great uncle was a member of this regiment, will share fascinating bits of history about this regiment.
- Times: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
- Admission: Free