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Description Handkerchief made of yellow cotton with red block or resist printing, lattice design around border with 8 floral pattern in corners and on each side. Center pattern composed of 16 red "V"s outlined in yellow with intertwined with yellow "V"s. Two sides are hemmed while the other two sides are the selvedge edge of the bolt of material. Three inches of material are missing from one edge of the handkerchief; numerous tears and holes.

Handkerchief used by Joseph Arnold. In a letter dated August 27, 1864 he writes: "Dear Mother: Your most welcome letter, together with suspenders, handkerchief, and thread, I have received and was happy to learn that you all were still enjoying good health." This is possibly the handkerchief he refers to.

Joseph Arnold was the son of Frederick and Margaret (Mack) Arnold, both from Bavaria, Frederick came to America in 1835 and married Margaret several years later, 1843 family moved to Milwaukee, WI, and in 1851 to Oshkosh. Frederick was employed as a soap and candle maker in 1857. Joseph was employed as a butcher according to the 1860 census. Joseph went to Milwaukee in April 1861 and enlisted in Company H, 1st Wisconsin Infantry (Three Months Regiment). He served in Virginia and saw action at the Battle of Falling Waters. He mustered out of service on August 15, 1861. Joseph reenlisted in Fond du Lac on August 15, 1862, as a sergeant in Company E, 26th Wisconsin Infantry (Seigel Regiment). He fought in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (where he was captured on July 1, 1863) and was a prisoner of war at Belle Isle near Richmond, Virginia until March 7, 1864. He participated in the Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea, and the March Through the Carolinas. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 11, 1865 and commanded the company as senior officer and briefly commanded Company H. He mustered out on June 13, 1865. After the war he operated a restaurant and bottled mineral water in Oshkosh. He married Matilda Moss on November 24, 1868 and raised four daughters. Arnold was active in the Grand Army of the Republic and was commander of the Phillip H. Sheridan Post #10 in Oshkosh. He died in 1898.
Dimensions W-21 L-19 inches
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Year range to 1864
Material Cotton
Object ID 2000.69.21
Object Name Handkerchief
Owned Arnold, Joseph
People Arnold, Joseph
Related Publications Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (Centre for Bavarian History). "Good Bye Bayern Grub Gott America". 2004 exhibition catalog.
Used Arnold, Joseph
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