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Letter from George Carwardine

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Admin/Biog History CARWARDINE, George - Cpl., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
George was born circa 1840 at New York. Jose (George) Cawerdine was listed in the 1860 federal census as a day laborer residing with the family of John D. Jones in the first ward of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. He was born circa 1840 at Wales. George was single and a carpenter residing at Oshkosh when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861. Standing 5'10" tall, he had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. George was killed in action on July 1, 1863 in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation October 11, 1862
Abstract 1 letter on patriotic letterhead from George Carwardine to his siblings:

Fort Tillinghast
Virginia
October 11, 1861

Dear Brother & Sister

Your kind letter of the 21st Sept came duly to hand & I hope these few lines will find you in as good health as they did. I received the letter, that you thought I did not, where Mary wanted me to have my likeness taken, but I am afraid I cannot for it is almost impossible to get over [to] town. They don't grant any passes to any one except some particular friend, but I am in hopes I will have a chance yet to have it taken.
We are now encamped at Fort Tillinghast, at Arlington. We moved from where we was, then back to the Maryland side above Georgetown, and stayed there a week. Then we moved from there back to Arlington, near where we was in the first place. We are now in General Kings Brigade and General McDowell's Division. Our brigade was reviewed by McDowell. There is in the Brigade the Wisconsin 2nd, 6th, and 7th regiments, and the 19th Indiana. These regiments constitute one Brigade. The other Wisconsin regiments [think] that the 2nd is a hard set of chaps. I don't know but they are. But they have a reason to be. If they had been through what we have, and moved around from pillar to post, they would not be any better. I think we can beat them into the battlefield yet, [even] if we are [a] hard lot of fellows.
We apprehend [that] we are going to stay here quite a spell, but it is more than for 24 hours. For we are liable to be ordered away [at] any time. We have things very convenient here at present. It was an old camp where a New York regiment had been camped. We move around so often that it don't pay for us to fix [things] up much, because me move so often. Most of the troops have advanced, that was around here. They are now out in possession of Hill and Falls Church. They advanced about two weeks ago and are now fortifying there. The rebels had built a fort at Hill and put some wooden cannon in it, as seen by our man in the balloon. They had some large cannon hewed out of logs, and painted them, and mounted them on some old cartwheels so that the man in the Balloon thought they were cannon. The rebels fell back without any resistance, but the wooden cannon was a real sell. They are a very cunning lot of fellows to fight against. There has [been] nothing occurred of note since I wrote you before, only occasionally a little skirmishing amongst the pickets. We are in daily receipt of news of battles in western regions and Missouri. Things are working very quiet here now but vigorously. Things are not published as they were about every movement.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes CARWARDINE, George - Cpl., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
George was born circa 1840 at New York. Jose (George) Cawerdine was listed in the 1860 federal census as a day laborer residing with the family of John D. Jones in the first ward of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. He was born circa 1840 at Wales. George was single and a carpenter residing at Oshkosh when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861. Standing 5'10" tall, he had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. George was killed in action on July 1, 1863 in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Object ID SC411.5.12.1
Object Name Letter
People Carwardine, George
Subjects Civil War
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Camps
Forts & fortifications
Title Letter from George Carwardine
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