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Letter and envelope addressed to Carrie Taplin, sister; from her brother Osman B. Taplin, Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. In Camp Arlington Heights July 16, 1861 Dear Sister, I don't recollect the date of the last letter that I received from you for I don't keep the run of them very well. I write just when I can get a chance, we have now been in this camp about 2 weeks, but we leave this afternoon at 1 o'clock for Fairfax and thence to Richmond probably. I don't anticipate much of any fighting as our force is too overwhelming for the rebels to make any show against at all. The boys are all well and in first rate spirits at the prospect of advancing, there will be over 40,000 men in our division which is commanded by Gen. McDowell. Your mother writes that she hears nothing of our movements. The N.Y. herald and Times generally have pretty correct accounts of the movements of the troops. Rumors of battles and skirmishes you must not pay much attention to unless confirmed in some subsequent paper. I heard today that we were all cut to pieces at Fairfax. The news came by the way of Oshkosh. Such a report is entirely without foundation for the boys have not seen but 4 or 5 seseches and they were prisoners. I have not been able to see any of the Mass. Troops yet although they are close by here, for it is very difficult to get passes to go around among the various encampments. I should like to have you send that picture of Bill Phillips. I think it would go safe. You can direct to Washington as heretofore and be particular to put on the company and Regt. If you don't I shall not be very apt to get it. I will write as soon as we come to a halt and camp for any length of time. You must not wait for letters from me, but keep writing and send a few papers occasionally. Give my love to all the And my best regards to all the boys. Tell mother I will write to her soon. I wrote to father this week, but I will close by bidding you Good Bye Yours Truly O.B. Taplin Miss Carrie L Taplin
Letters to Carrie Taplin from Osman Taplin -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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