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Letter from William P. Taylor to Osman Taplin's mother.

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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.
William P. Taylor 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 in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. 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.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation July 20, 1863
Abstract Letter and envelope addressed to Jane S. Taplin from William P. Taylor Co. E, 2nd Wis Inf..

Washington DC.
July 20th 1863

Mrs. J. S. Taplin
Dear Madam,

Another of your very kind letters has just now reached me for which I desire to thank you. It is truly gratifying to me to feel that I have a friend in you, and an assurance that I might find more in Oshkosh. I can assure you it much more than repays me for anything I may do at anytime for the comfort and good of our good boys. I am ashamed of myself when I read in your letter that I did not request you to write again, and still more so to call to mind that I have not written since. But, I have some little of excuse in the fact that I intended to have visited Oshkosh on the fourth and so have seen you and family. Now that my visit must be deferred indefinitely, I will request that you will continue to make me glad by sending me letters whenever at your convenience you can do so.
I have seen more of awful, terrible suffering and misery, Mrs. Taplin, at Gettysburg then I ever did before, used as I have been to mangled corpses and revolting sights generally - and no one living can form the faintest idea of the horrors of war, until he or she has seen a battle field immediately succeeding a fight, and for weeks after in the hospitals. I have not the time to spare now to relate incidents, and picture some of the many scenes that came under my notice which in the hospitals at Gettysburg ever if I were able -
Mr. Sellick has just stepped in the office and wishes me to go up the 'War Department'.
Please write when you can - Give my love to all the family and believe me
Truly
Yours
William P. Taylor
I intended at least to fill the sheet.

Washington July 31st 1863
Mrs. Taplin,

The enclosed note to Mr. Sellick will explain why you did not before now get this letter. You have most likely received the letter intended for Hilger. I replied to his for Mr. Sellick as the time I was writing yours, and as I had to hurry myself somewhat at the time, I enclosed his to you, and Yours to him. I enclosed my likeness at the same time and will now send it again hoping it may reach you.

I am flattering myself that I would soon get a letter from you, and I hope yet that I won't be disappointed, but you must be beginning to imagine that I have neglected you. I receive the "Herald" often, for which I am much obliged. I don't think I shall be home for some time. Please remember me as usual to all.

Yours etc.
W. P. Taylor

[NOTE: Governor Salomon appointed Mr. W. Y. Sellick as Vice President of the Wisconsin Soldier's Aid Society in June 1862. Sellick held this post, with offices in Washington D.C., until the close of the war. William Taplin had been detached from Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, to assist Sellick in the Washington office. Quiner, p. 125-126.
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 SC411.5.17.8
Object Name Letter
People Taplin, Osman B.
Taylor, William P.
Taplin, Jane S.
Subjects Civil War
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Battlefields
Death
Casualties
Military hospitals
Wisconsin Soldiers' Aid Society
Religion
Title Letter from William P. Taylor to Osman Taplin's mother.
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