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Letter from William A. Tanner

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Admin/Biog History TANNER, William A. - Lt., Company D, 32nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
William resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted in the above company. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant of that company on Sept. 2, 1862. William was detailed as Acting Assistant Inspector General on June 8, 1863. He was assigned as a conductor for the U.S. Military Railroad on Oct. 14, 1864 and remained in that position for the remainder of his military service. William was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1864 but was not mustered at that rank. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865. William was listed in 1868 as residing at 78 Sterling Street in the city of Oshkosh. He was included on the 1890 list of surviving members of the 32nd Regiment. William was residing at Minneapolis, Minnesota. Priscilla, his widow, was listed in 1905 as residing at 395 Otter Street in Oshkosh.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation December 22, 1863
Abstract Letter from 2nd Lieutenant William A. Tanner, Company D, 32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (Acting Assistant Inspector General) to his wife Priscilla and a handwritten return envelope:

Lieutenant William A. Tanner
Company D, 32 Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
3d Brigade, 4th Division, 16th Army Corps
Via Nashville, Tennessee
Grand Junction, Mississippi, January 8, 1864

Dear Wife,

I received two letters from you today; one dated the 9th and the other the 22d of December. I was glad to hear from you and know that you were in good health as well as the children. I just returned to this place today from Memphis, where I have been on business for the brigade. This place is on the railroad and 51 miles from Memphis. We have been almost constantly on the march since we left the city, or I would have written to you oftener. I am in good health, and [I] hope to hear from you often and know that you and the children are in good health. I went to the city to draw the pay for the staff officers of the brigade, but can not get it before the 15th of the Month. When I do, I shall send to Powers one hundred dollars, and will direct him to keep the amount you have borrowed from him, and give you the balance. I did not know that Phin has been to Powers for money, and I hope he has not. Still, I could not refuse the letter May wrote to me. I have had two letters from Father since George and Mother went to Boston. Please write to me often and I will do the same.

From your affectionate Husband
William
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes TANNER, William A. - Lt., Company D, 32nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
William resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted in the above company. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant of that company on Sept. 2, 1862. William was detailed as acting Assistant Inspector General on June 8, 1863. He was assigned as a conductor for the U.S. Military Railroad on Oct. 14, 1864 and remained in that position for the remainder of his military service. William was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1864 but was not mustered at that rank. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865. William was listed in 1868 as residing at 78 Sterling Street in the city of Oshkosh. He was included on the 1890 list of surviving members of the 32nd Regiment. William was residing at Minneapolis, Minnesota. Priscilla, his widow, was listed in 1905 as residing at 395 Otter Street in Oshkosh.
Object ID SC411.5.44
Object Name Letter
People Tanner, William A.
Subjects Civil War
Officers
Military railroads
Military officers
Paydays
Money
32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Title Letter from William A. Tanner
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