Watch, Pocket

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Description Key wind pocket watch with gold plated silver case; hinged cover; white enamel face with black Roman numerals; minute hand (hour hand missing); small second hand at bottom with Arabic numerals every 15 seconds; protective glass over the face; hinged back with openings for key wind and key adjustment for time; stem on side with ring for watch chain; etched on inside front cover: "March / 7 / 1864 / J Arnold / PRESENT".

This watch was given to Joseph Arnold in gratitude for procuring the exchange (liberation) of the original owner from the Rebel Prison (Belle Island Prison).

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 Augst 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 D-0.5 Dia-2.125 inches
Event Civil War
Year range to 1864
Made Rochelle, Robert
Material Silver/Gold/Brass/Glass/Enamel/Paint
Makers mark Inlinder / Espapement / FOUR HOLES JEWELLED / Robt Roshelle / Liverpoole
Object ID 2000.69.20
Object Name Watch, Pocket
People Arnold, Joseph
Used Arnold, Joseph
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