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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 the trench warfare during the Atlanta, Georgia Campaign. [Joseph Arnold Letter Translated from German] On Battle Field near A[illegible] , Georgia June 16, 1864 God be with you, dear parents and siblings. I am seizing this opportunity to write a few lines to you. I sent you a letter the day before yesterday. I could not write much, however, since it was all in a hurry. I rejoined the regiment on the 12th. We lay behind the breastworks, but yesterday we moved. And in the evening, as we lay in the bush, the Rebs began to shell us, and Sergeant Herrmann, from our company, who came to Oshkosh last Winter, was hit in the leg by a shell. One passed over my head at about two feet and exploded six feet behind me. It did not hurt me though. The fire has been going day and night ever since I arrived. We built breastworks today, and are now positioned in support of a battery. Casper Brükner, formerly our Orderly Sergeant, is first Lieutenant of our company now. Major Winkler is in command of the regiment. I must close, for night is falling, and the fire is going heavily again. I am all right for now. I am closing with the hope that these lines find you well. Your son and brother Joseph Send my regards to all those who know me. It was not wise of George Wilke to enlist again.
Letter -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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