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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
Letter from William Jones to brother -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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