Sgt Olaus Hansen ? Dec 30, 2013 20:44:50 GMT -5
Post by bandboxtroop on Dec 30, 2013 20:44:50 GMT -5
I picked this new book up 2013 From the Hornest Nest to Custer's Last stand The Immirgrant story of Norwegian Sergeant Olaus Hansen by Ozzie Sollien. Apparently there were 2 Norwegians in the 7th and Sgt Hansen had a great Civil War record and 7th record till courtmartialed and given 3 years for forging Lt Wallaces signature to get whiskey from the sutler. According to this book at one time he served as acting Sgt Major and regiment standard bearer. What I found interesting is that he carried his whole time in the 7th the Spencer carbine in 56 50 which was the 2nd model Spencer. Which means he purchased his own ammo, afterth earmy went to the Springfield 45 55 carbine. Also his prarie belt had 2 rows of loops for revolver rounds. Im not done with the book yet very interesting read, author covered name changes and time spent in Norway. My point here is I think even the enlisted men in the 7th when out in the field on combat runs could carry personal owned weapons. I know there was a private in l troop who carried a shotgun and Ryan carried a infantry rifle . Same with the clothing I think there were NCO's wearing buckskin along with officers, Sgt Finley was the man to go to for a nice set of skins. I suspect Finley wore his own suit. Unfortunately Sgt Hansen like many other officers and enlisted got addicted to the morphine and Laudanum which was 10% opium and died from a overdose. The book mentions other 7th soldiers that od which i found interesting. Yes Hansen died after his release from the army but his habit was picked up starting in the Civil War serving in the 12th Iowa infantry which saw a lot of heavy combat. Anyone read this book yet? I talked to Keough the other night he has not heard of it when Im doine Ill send it to him.John Siversten is the other Norwegian in the 7th and his horse was found recently with all the gear saddle bags etc by the river crossing.The bones show a bullet through the head and Siverstens items were found along with all th eextra ammo. If you get the Swanson book they have excellant photographs of all the items recovered from Siverstens horse. According t this book Siversten was one of the men that Reno abandoned in the timbver and he walked up with the other 12 men in a group to the hill, so some one must have taken his horse and it was shot by the crossing whre it was found in the last 15 years.