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Letter and envelope addressed to Jane S. Taplin from William P. Taylor Co. E, 2nd Wis Inf.. Washington D.C.. Nov. 5th, 1863 Mrs. J. S. Taplin Respected Friend Your letter of 28th Oct. I found in my box on my return from a visit of a week to the Army of the Potomac. I need not say I was much pleased to have such a good letter to read. It gives me much pleasure to not only read them myself, but to send them to my father, away in British America, who reads them with interest as they convince him that while wandering over the earth, I have the respect of good christian friends, whose influences may not be lost on me. I regret that my time is so much taken up as to limit me to only a few minutes to pen you a short note. Mr Selleck, the States Agent, has for the last two weeks been on a visit to Wisconsin, and all business conected with the care of Wisconsin Soldiers has devolved upon me, and I have had to devote almost every hour of my time to it. I am pleased to learn that the grave of poor Osman was untouched. I could not get to Antietam or Sharpsburg, as I anticipated, but as Betty Briant was there it has answered the purpose in a measure though it would aford my mournful pleasure to visit it again. Poor Osman!! The boys of the company, now numbering only 12, always mention him when we meetand talk over the past, around the little camp-fire. He was so much endeared to all. Since poor Osman left us we have had to part with others of our noble comrades: Lawson C. Ward, Cowardine, Sam F. Hackett, and Walker S. Rouse, four of just ass good as good and have noble hearted and true young men as can be found in this vast army. But, they are gone, gone forever from us, and with those who preeceded them from our company, they will all be present in our memory, "though dead they yet live." I thank you kindly for the invitation to spend the holidays with you, but am afraid I must decline as I think I cannot visit Oshkosh this winter. I saw Mrs. Raymond but once, shortly after her arrival in the city and have not found time to call on her since. I saw Mr. Gilbert, formerly of the firm Gilbert & McCoy - Oshkosh, tonight. He lives here. Please don't let this short note have the effect to produce a similar short one when you again write me. Send the paper please. I like it much. My respects to all. Very truly yours, Wm. P. Taylor
Letter from William P. Taylor to Osman Taplin's mother. -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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