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Admin/Biog History Joseph Arnold was the son of Frederick and Margaret (Mack) Arnold, both from Bavaria, Frederick came to America in 1835 and married Margaret several years later, 1843 family moved to Milwaukee, WI, and in 1851 to Oshkosh. Frederick was employed as a soap and candle maker in 1857. Joseph was employed as a butcher according to the 1860 census. Joseph went to Milwaukee in April 1861 and enlisted in Company H, 1st Wisconsin Infantry (Three Months Regiment). He served in Virginia and saw action at the Battle of Falling Waters. he mustered out of service on August 15, 1861. Joseph reenlisted in Fond du Lac on Augst 15, 1862, as a sergeant in Company E, 26th Wisconsin Infantry (Seigel Regiment). He fought in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (where he was captured on July 1, 1863) and was a prisoner of war at Belle Isle near Richmond, Virginia until March 7, 1864. He participated in the Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea, and the March Through the Carolinas. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 11, 1865 and commanded the company as senior officer and briefly commanded Company H. He musterd out on June 13, 1865. After the war he operated a restaurant and bottled mineral water in Oshksoh. He married Matilda Moss on November 24, 1868 and raised four daughters. Arnold was active in the Grand Army of the Republic and was commander of the Phillip H. Sheridan Post #10 in Oshkosh. His widow loaned the artifacts, photographs, and archival material to the museum at an unspecified date.
Classification Archives
Collection Joseph Arnold Collection
Dates of Accumulation June 18, 1864
Abstract Letter written by Joseph Arnold to his family in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Joseph was now a member of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry when he wrote this letter. He describes in this letter the trench warfare during the Atlanta, Georgia Campaign.

[Joseph Arnold Letter Translated from German]

Near Marietta, Georgia
June 18, 1864

God be with you, dear parents and siblings. I wrote you a letter the day before yesterday. That evening, the Rebs again shelled us with their canons. Most of [the shells] exploded amidst our regiment, but fortunately they did not do any harm. In the evening or during the night, they left their breastworks, which are merely 500 yards away from us, and now we have got them in the mountains. Two regiments of Rebs are said to have come in and surrendered today.

Now we have got them where we can pay them back for the shells they dropped amongst us the day before yesterday, and on the 15th. Yesterday, as we advanced, our regiment's skirmishers seized a Rebel flag. We are again positioned in support of a battery, and have to be ready at all times to go to where [the fighting] is still going. I will write you again as soon as we receive [any] report.

Be so kind as to send me postage stamps for fifty cents. I did not put the shirt into the box. I was not able to get my pay in St. Louis, for our regiment was on the march, and they could not send me my descriptive list. I received the newspapers.

I cannot help but be astonished at Louise. Guste Gebaur does not worry me. I am not surprised at Matthias, I know him all too well. You may send the seven Thaler [Dollars] to Casper. His address is: Casper Haberbush, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Habert, who used to live in Fond du Lac, where I made their acquaintance, apparently will come to visit you. They are very good people, and they were always kind to take me in. When I departed, she made a sewing kit for me which I still have, for I kept it in my pocket at Chancellorsville.
The fire has been going heavily since this morning. The Rebs want to get out, but are driven back each time. I do not know what will happen tonight, but we are confident that all will be well.

In closing, I send my regards to all those who know me, and to you, from
Your son and brother
Joseph

Send my regards to Leonhart.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Joseph Arnold was the son of Frederick and Margaret (Mack) Arnold, both from Bavaria, Frederick came to America in 1835 and married Margaret several years later, 1843 family moved to Milwaukee, WI, and in 1851 to Oshkosh. Frederick was employed as a soap and candle maker in 1857. Joseph was employed as a butcher according to the 1860 census. Joseph went to Milwaukee in April 1861 and enlisted in Company H, 1st Wisconsin Infantry (Three Months Regiment). He served in Virginia and saw action at the Battle of Falling Waters. he mustered out of service on August 15, 1861. Joseph reenlisted in Fond du Lac on Augst 15, 1862, as a sergeant in Company E, 26th Wisconsin Infantry (Seigel Regiment). He fought in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (where he was captured on July 1, 1863) and was a prisoner of war at Belle Isle near Richmond, Virginia until March 7, 1864. He participated in the Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea, and the March Through the Carolinas. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 11, 1865 and commanded the company as senior officer and briefly commanded Company H. He musterd out on June 13, 1865. After the war he operated a restaurant and bottled mineral water in Oshksoh. He married Matilda Moss on November 24, 1868 and raised four daughters. Arnold was active in the Grand Army of the Republic and was commander of the Phillip H. Sheridan Post #10 in Oshkosh. His widow loaned the artifacts, photographs, and archival material to the museum at an unspecified date.
Object ID RG1.10
Object Name Letter
People Arnold, Joseph
Subjects Civil War
Campaigns & battles
26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Fighting
Battlefields
Casualties
Trench warfare
Title Letter
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