Oley Oleson

BirthOct. 22, 1844
DeathDec. 21, 1931
CemeteryHope (Newman Grove)
PostEmerick (Newman Grove)
Unit129th Illinois Infantry, Company G

Corporal Oley Oleson

Company G, 129th Illinois Infantry

Oleson was born in Norway on October 22, 1844. He was residing in Esman (Livington County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on August 9, 1862. He was mustered on September 8, 1862 and served about 33 months. Oleson was mustered out on June 8, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 129th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Pontiac, Illinois on September 8, 1862. During Oleson’s enlistment, the unit was engaged in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May 2-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Oleson died on December 21, 1931 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Hope Cemetery in Newman Grove (Platte County), Nebraska. At the time of this death, he was the last member of the Emerick Post (#313) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Newman Grove.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.