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Letter to Lorna Hooper from Phillip Laffey, Band Master, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, written on patriotic letterhead. Lorna was his music students back in Oshkosh. In the letter, Phil Laffey uses a racial slur, which was in common usage by whites at this time period. Band, Second Wisconsin Vol. Infantry Camp Thomas Chickamauga Battlefield Lytle, Ga. June/18, 1898 My Dear Little Friend & Pupil Lorna. I received your welcome present just a few minutes ago and I tell you my little Lady I was tickled to think you had not forgotten me and when I come back to Oshkosh I will bring you something along that will make you laugh. If I can't catch a Spainard for you I will get something else. Well Lorna I only wish you were here for a day or so for you would keep us all pretty lively for I tell you Lorna true the big folks cannot tell the news the same as you can. If you were here now Lorna you would see all the soldiers and horses you would want to see for there seems to be nothing else. If you were here and told them you were from Wisconsin they would give you more hard tack than you could eat in a year. You just write Lorna and tell me if you want a small nigger and I will send one up there to you for they have got them to spare down here. I am writing this letter [to] you on a drum and every time I start a word or dot and the old drum goes Bomb. Well my little Lorna I will close with Best Wishes to all at home. Grandpa - Pa - Ma and Uncles and old aunts. Thanks for present. From your Master Phil Laffey
Letter -THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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