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Letter and envelope addressed to Jane S. Taplin from Osman B. Taplin, Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Ft. Corcoran July 23, 1861 Dear Mother, We arrived here yesterday morning having been forced to retreat from near Manasas where I had two days of pretty hot work. Although I got out of it all right . We had a hard fight, but we came out about even with them. Although we were obliged to fall back, our loss is not very great. We had but one man killed, John Barton. There are quite a number wounded. Some 8 or 11. Joe Roberts is slightly wounded in the shoulder. He will be all right in a day or two. We have none in fact badly wounded. Charley Graves, Rube Ash and 4 or 5 others are slightly. None of the boys beside those I have named are injured. They will all be ready for duty in a short time. The Rebels had a very strong position and if we had had more artillery we should have cleaned them out. When we leave here again we shall be better provided for. We shall not probably leave here for some time. I will write you before I have. But about our battle. We left here 4 days before the battle and by easy marches proceeded as far as Centerville, about 4 miles from Manasas where we encamped for 2 days. And Sunday morning about 2 o'clock we started for Manasas. We proceeded about 2 miles and halted in a position about 1 mile from the enemy and directly in rear of our battery which we were securely laying down in the woods. We remained there about 3 hours while another division engaged them on another side. Then we marched round to reenforce them. We charged on their battery 3 times, but their force was too much for us and we fell back. You will be likely to find a correct account of it in the N.Y. Herald. It appears to give very reliable news. I have just received a letter from sis this morning. It was the first I have received for some time. I was glad to hear from you and that you are all well. You must write often and I will try to do the same. Billy Bryant is all right and sends his respects. Yours O.B. Taplin
Letters from Osman Taplin to his mother. -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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