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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.
Letter from William P. Taylor to Osman Taplin's mother. -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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