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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.
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