Joseph Arnold Collection

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Admin/Biog History The Joseph Arnold Collection of Civil War Materials covers the originator's military carreer during the Civil War from 1861 through 1865. There are good accounts of the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. His diaries and memoirs also cover Prisoner of War experiences at Belle Isle, Virginia. His correspondence with family members are written in both German and English. Currently, the materials written in English have been transcribed and the materials written in German are being translated. Arnold enlisted in Fond du Lac on August 15, 1862 as sergeant in Company E, 26th Wisconsin Infantry, fought at Battle of Chancellosville, promoted to 1st Sergeant, captured on July 1, 1863 at Battle of Gettysburg, POW at Belle Isle, Richmond, Virginia untill March 7, 1864, participated in Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea, and Carolina Campaign. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 11, 1865, mustered out June 13, 1865. Arnold was born May 17, 1842 in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents Frederick and Margaret came to America in 1835 from Bavaria. In 1843 they moved to Milwaukee and in 1851 came to Oshkosh. Joseph was a butcher when he enlisted at Milwaukee in the 1st Wisconsin Infantry (Three Months Regiment) on April 16, 1861 and participated in the Battle of Falling Waters. He mustered out on August 15, 1861. After the war he married Matilda Moss on November 24, 1868 and raised four daughters. Arnold operated a restaurant and bottled Mineral water. He also founded G.A. R. Post in Oshkosh. He died June 28, 1897 and is burried in the Masonic section, block E, lot 14, at Riverside Cemetery.
Classification Archives
Collection Joseph Arnold Collection
Dates of Accumulation 1861 - 1865
Abstract Archival Collection of Joseph Arnold containing 3 boxes of personal correspondence and diaries, and official papers of Company H, 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Materials include Company Clothing Book; Company Order Book; Morning Report Book; Pay Records; Discharges; Election papers; Ordnance Papers; Clothing Records; Muster Rolls; Transportation Records; Descriptive Lisits; Clothing, Camp & Garrison Equipment; Medical Records; Muster Out Rolls; 44 letters; 3 diaries; a brief history of the 26th Wisconsin; an account of Belle Isle; Commissions; Warrants; Discharge; Hymn Book; and Infantry Tactics Manual. All letters, diaries; and memoirs have been translated and transcribed.

CREATOR: Joseph Arnold
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG1
Object Name Record Group
People Arnold, Joseph
Subjects Civil War
26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Prisoners of war
1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Campaigns & battles
Title Joseph Arnold Collection
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