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Letter and envelope addressed to Jane S. Taplin from William P. Taylor Co. E, 2nd Wis Inf.. Washington D.C.. August 16th, 1863 Mrs. J. S. Taplin I am that forgetful that I cannot decide whether or not I replied to your letter which contained the mis-sent one of Higer's. I am inclined to think I did not however, and when if I did I take pleasure in penning a few more lines to you. I have been very busy for the last six weeks and have had many letters to reply to from all parts of the state and elsewhere. I lost the letter written by Hilger to Mr. Selleck and forget in which hospital he was or is. I will be obliged to keep the letter until he again writes us. I received another one of your papers and although everything in it don't meet my views exactly there is much that interests and is instructive and I thank your kindness in thinking of me so often. I would like to hear from you very often. My correspondents in Oshkosh are not very punctual and I am without a word of news from "home" for weeks. I am going to Gettysburg some time through the coming week and may find some things of interest there to enable me to finish a letter to you. Here at present is very dull indeed. The weather is the hottest of the season. All are writing under the pressure. Many lives have been lost by sun stroke. Many horses drop daily in their harness in the street cars. The thermometer has stood at 90o to 100o in the shade, for the last four weeks. Mosquitoes eat us up, flies torment us, and with the close and sultry nights, sleep is a stranger to us almost. Who would live in the "City of Dust" that could help himself. Not I. Conscript Convelescents from the many hospitals and deserters and stragglers are being sent to the front daily, reenforcing Mead to the number of a thousand daily. The Army of the Potomac is "baking in the sun" on the northern bank of the Rappahannock. Their only shelter in most cases their little "shelter tents", thin as gauze, through which the sun beats as though a piece of mosquito nettting. And their bed is made by grabbing out rocks and roots and finding a soft spot at least as smooth as McAdamized road. I speak principly of "our boys". I think I never mentioned the fact that Dr. Green, the surgeon who talked with Osman, had resigned the service almost imediatley after the Antietam Battle. The rebels as well as our Army have trodden the ground near where poor Osman "lies sleeping" and perhaps have laid waist everything in that vicintity. But, I trust, sparing the marks of identity to the graves of our fallen. I will do my utmost this summer to visit that spot again, and find if the graves are all as they were left or not. I saw Mr. Raymond this morning and had a talk aboutthose we left behind and wished we were there, out of this almost intolerable heat. Please remember me to all friends. And write me please whenever you can find it convenient to do so, and believe me Truly your friend, Wm. P. Taylor
Letter from William P. Taylor to Osman Taplin's mother. -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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