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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 2, 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 seeing his wounded comrades on trains heading north from the battlefields in Geogia.

[Joseph Arnold Letter Translated from German]

Chattanooga [Tennessee]
June 2, 1864

Dear parents and siblings,

I am taking up my quill to write these few lines to you, and let you know that I am still in Chattanooga. Our regiment was involved in the latest bloody battles, in which eighteen men from our company were wounded, most of whom I saw when they passed through here. Today, another three men from our company passed through here, Sergeant Zipp, Corporal Diener and [Sergeant] Charles Stier. All three are from Fond du Lac. Zipp was shot through the right eye, Diener [was shot] in the breast, and Stier has a leg wound.

Most of them are wounded lightly, and I think all of them will escape [with their life]. John Ostertag died here in the hospital. Every day, the [railroad] cars arrive here, laden with the wounded.

It does not look as though we will be able to rejoin our regiment before long, but as soon as I get there, I will write you at the first opportunity. I do not know of any further news.
In closing I send my regards.
Your son and brother
Joseph Arnold

Address all letters to the regiment.
Send my regards to all those who know me.
J.A.
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 RG1.8
Object Name Letter
People Arnold, Joseph
Subjects Civil War
Campaigns & battles
26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Fighting
Battlefields
Casualties
Title Letter
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