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Letter from John B. David to Osman Taplin's father.

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Admin/Biog History TAPLIN, Osman B. - Pvt., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Osman was born circa 1840 at Vermont. He resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861. An unmarried lumberman, he stood over 5'8" tall with blue eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion. He was assigned as above and was wounded severely in the side at Antietam, Maryland on Sept. 17, 1862. Osman died of his wounds on Sept. 24, 1862.
Jane S. Taplin was the wife of Lowell G. Taplin. They were born in Vermont and married there circa 1840. The couple had two children: Osman B., born circa 1841 and Carrie L., born circa 1843. In 1860 the family was living in Oshkosh in the 1st Ward. Lowell was working as a carpenter. Her son Osman died from wounds received during the Civil War. She died September 4, 1892 in Oshkosh.
John B. Davids was born circa 1841 at Illinois. He was a son of Alexander a brother of William. John was a single farmer residing at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861 in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Standing just over 6' tall, he had gray eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant in that company on Dec. 16, 1862. John was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1863. He was mustered out on Feb. 2, 1865 at Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. John was listed in the 1899 article by Col. Harshaw as residing at Portland, Oregon.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation September 24, 1862
Abstract Letter and envelope addressed to Lowell G. Taplin from John B. David concerning Osman D. Taplin Co. E, 2nd Wis Inf., Mortally Wounded at Antietam.

Keedysville Md.
Sept 24th, 1862
Mr. Taplin
Dear Sir,

I wrote you last week soon after the battle, and told you of your son's being wounded and his danger.
I therein told you that in two or three days I would be able to inform you whether he would live or die. I was in hopes that by this time I could be able to give you hopes of his recovery, but such is not the case. He was moved from the Hospital at Sherman' House to the Brigade Hospital at Keedysville last Monday the 22. The distance was two miles with pretty rough roads. He complained but little yet soon after he was placed in the hospital I noticed that he began to fall away. His pulse was weakened and he could not lay easy in any position.
He passed the first night very quietly and the next day until about three in the afternoon when he began to get worse. He grew worse until about half past four when he was taken with cramps and heavy convulsions of the bowels. At about five o'clock he was cramped so that I thought he was dead, yet not so. But when he was able to speak he asked for water, which was brought to him. When he undertook to drink he discovered that his mouth would not open. His jaws were locked. He then asked the surgeon to give him something to ease the pain, which was done emediately, nearly choking him to death. He then asked the surgeon if he would live or not. Thereupon the doctor told him he could not live, and asked him if he was ready and prepared, Tim said that he was ready to die , but that the doctor had ought to have told him before.
They talked some time when he began to grow worse. He asked me to write to you and his mother and tell how and where he died. He also asked me to send you a fine daguereotype that was in his knapsack. This I will forward as soon as possible.
He suffered considerable until he became perfectly easy, but too week to say anything. He died at twelve minutes past three. I and George Smith took care of the body. We got a coffin made and at twelve today we burried him in the Keedysville cemetery, Washington County, Maryland.
He was a noble boy. AS a soldier he had no superior on the battlefield or parade ground. He was brave to a fault, kind to all, all loved him and all mourn his loss.
He was my tent mate all last winter while at Camp Tillinghast and consequently we were firm friends. He asked for me to take care of him and his request was granted. I did my most, but his wound was mortal. I could do nothing but grant his requests, thereby making him comfortable and quiet.
If you should want to communicate with me for information at any time, I shall be happy to do all in my power for the parents of a Dear Friend.

Yours Respectfully
J.B. David
Co. E, 2nd Reg. Wis. Reg.
Gibbons Brigade
Via Washington D.C.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes TAPLIN, Osman B. - Pvt., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Osman was born circa 1840 at Vermont. He resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861. An unmarried lumberman, he stood over 5'8" tall with blue eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion. He was assigned as above and was wounded severely in the side at Antietam, Maryland on Sept. 17, 1862. Osman died of his wounds on Sept. 24, 1862.
DAVIDS, John B. - Sgt., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
John was born circa 1841 at Illinois. He was a son of Alexander from a previous sketch and a brother of William from a following sketch. John was a single farmer residing at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861. Standing just over 6' tall, he had gray eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant in that company on Dec. 16, 1862. John was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1863. He was mustered out on Feb. 2, 1865 at Madison, Dane County, Wis-consin. John was listed in the 1899 article by Col. Harshaw as residing at Portland, Oregon.
TAYLOR, William P. - Pvt., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
William was born in 1831 at Fredrickton, New Brunswick, Canada. He resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted at Madison, Dane County on May 18, 1861. An unmarried joiner, William stood just over 5'6" tall with gray eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion. He was assigned as a fifer in the above company and was taken prisoner in the first battle at Bull Run, Virginia. He served in the office of the Wisconsin Soldier's Aid Society in Washington for the rest of his enlistment. William was mustered out on June 28, 1864 at the end of his term of enlistment. During the great Oshkosh fire on July 14, 1874, while helping a widow remove a heavy chest from a second floor apartment before the flames reached there, he suddenly dropped the chest and sat down in great pain. He was eventually taken back to his room at the Adams House by a doctor, where he died that same evening. Although single, William left a great legacy in this area. He was generous to a fault and helped anyone who truly needed it whenever he could. As a large testament to his friendship, mourners numbering in the thousands attended the solemn procession. The citizens of Oshkosh provided a monument for his grave in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery, Block 11. His grave was decorated by the local GAR post in May 1882.
Object ID SC411.5.17.6
Object Name Letter
People Taplin, Osman B.
Taplin, Lowell G.
Davids, John B.
Subjects Civil War
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Battlefields
Death
Casualties
Military hospitals
Wisconsin Soldiers' Aid Society
Religion
Title Letter from John B. David to Osman Taplin's father.
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