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Letter and envelope addressed to Lowell G. Taplin from Osman B. Taplin, Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. It is written on a letterhead engraved with the US Capitol. Camp Advance Sep. 20, 1861 Dear Father, I received your letter, but delayed answering it until I should send home some money. Yesterday I sent $25 by express which you will receive by presenting the enclosed order to C. Hall. Don't take anything but gold. We are all well here at present and have been engaged in copping and digging for the last 2 weeks. We are getting first rate fare and enjoy ourselves first rate. You ought to see us go into a piece of timber. It beats and logging I've heard tell of. We cut 80 acres of heavy timber in half a day last week. The Bloody 2nd are Tigers at anything they undertake. Yesterday 10 of us went out after cattle. We brought in 58 head, all sesech. There was about a hundred rebel cavalry watching us, but they did not dare to pitch in. If they had, few would have got back home, for we had 200 cavalry hid behind some woods watching for a chance to cut them off if they attacked. We also got 2 wagons and a stud horse. We will have beef for some time. I have found a good many men that I used to know in Newbury in the 3rd Vermont, which is camped near us. Among them Charles Bagley, and a son of Jake Bagley one of the Johnsons and others in all about 20. They have got a first rate regt. Al Bagley has got back from Mass. His wound has healed up and he is about as good as new. There is not much news to write, everything being quiet and nothing going on but strengthening the defenses of the city. I don't know of anything further to write and I will close. Write soon and oblige Yours O.B. Taplin
Letter from Osman Taplin to his father. -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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