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About Porter Chamberlain Olson
Olson Porter C. (Lt. Col., Co. F, 36th IL INF)
Porter C. Olson, son of Ole Olson Hetletvedt and Sarah (Chamberlain) Olson, was born April 11, 1832 in Niagara Falls, NY.
In America, Porter's father dropped the last name Hetletvedt" and was known as Ole Olson. His children also adopted this surname. When the Civil War broke out Porter was teaching school at the Lisbon Academy. As soon as he completed his teaching obligation he began to actively recruit and raise a company of men mainly from Newark, Nettle Creek, Mission and Northville Townships. When organized, the company was designated, Company F, Thirty-sixth (36th) Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Porter was elected Captain and Company Commander. His brother Soren was a Corporal and his brother J. Webster a private in the same Company. Soren was eventually promoted to Second Lieutenant and was killed in action in the battle of Stone River, Tennessee. Webster was promoted to First Sergeant before his discharge September 22, 1864.