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Letter from William Jones to brother

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Admin/Biog History William Jones was born in March 1826. In 1850 he was living on the farm of his father-in-law, Isaac Leach in Wapun, Dodge County, Wisconsin. William was married to Martha Leach. She was born in Leon, Cattaraugus County New York in 1828. Her mother was Chloe Rideout Leach. William and Martha had several children: Charles; Clarissa; and Elthea "Ella" Jones. By 1855 the family had moved to a farm in Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin. William enlisted in Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry at Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, as a sergeant on December 23, 1861. He was mustered out on February 17, 1865. Martha appears to have died prior to 1870 and William was remarried. William lived most of his life in Hortonia and was last listed in the 1900 US Census as a Justice of the Peace there. He does not appear in the 1905 Wisconsin Veterans Census or the Wisconsin State Census of 1905.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation June 13, 1863
Abstract Letter from Sergeant William Jones, Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry, to his brother. The battle he mentions while they were escorting a supply train from Fort Scott to Fort Blunt.

Fort Scott, Kansas, June 13th [1863]

Dear Brother,

Your letter was received just a week ago, the day I returned from a trip to Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation . [It is] about 200 miles south of this [place] on the Arkansas River. We were attacked by the secesh on the morning of the 25th of May, near Fort Gibson, by 1500 men who attempted to take the [forage]train. We repulsed [them], killing about one hundred, and we lost only five. I received a letter from Henry , written sometime in April. I did not answer it, as his time is out and he will be home. He must write soon, as he [has] there the tax that Allen claimed, and you paid. [It] is an illegal tax, made so by [the] clerk of the supervisors and could not be collected. He put the valuation of another forty [acres] to your land and yours to another. I stood ready to pay the tax when the board would correct it and they never dared sell the land and give a deed of it. They sold the land once before, and I paid what the tax ought to be legally, and have saved almost one half. I have the certificate to home now. I knew that Allen bought the certificate, but I did not think he would take that way to get it illegally, but there's no way to get it back now. I will pay it up. You shall not be the loser. The reason why I did not let you know about it was that it was all safe while I was there. And I worked to get the tax cut down and would not pay [an] illegal tax. And I could not write every little incident connected with it, as I had some of my own land in the same fix. And I was going to fight it out, and if you knew it you might be uneasy. Not understanding all about it, I will pay the tax this fall. Allen shan't pay any more taxes for me. I must close, my respects to sister Sara, Jabez, Ruth, Frank & George.

From your brother
William Jones
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Sergeant William Jones, Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry (Not to be confused with William B. Jones of the same company) enlisted from Hortonia on December 23, 1861. He mustered out on February 17, 1865 upon the expiration of his term of service. In 1895 he is listed in the Wisconsin Veterans Census at PO Hortonville, Wisconsin. He is not listed in 1905.
Object ID SC411.5.58.5
Object Name Letter
People Jones, William
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Cavalry
Guards
Military life
3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry
Campaigns & battles
Taxes
Frontier & pioneer life
Farming
Title Letter from William Jones to brother
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