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Admin/Biog History Edward W. Apel was from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and served during the Spanish American War in Company E, 3rd United States Infantry in the Philippines.
Collection Spanish American War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation September 10, 1899
Abstract Letter to Arthur Apel from his brother Edward W. Apel, Company E, 3rd United States Infantry, written in Baliwag, Philippines. He discusses military food (beef four days a week); marching; capturing cannons and prisoners; bananas; recruits; death of a comrade from Oshkosh; and cigarettes. He uses a racial slur when referring to native Filipinos.

Baliwag, Pl.
Sept. 10/99
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
I will write to you again and let you know how I am getting along.
I am feeling good again and am getting fatter every day. I only weighed 96 pounds 6 weeks ago but I weigh about 135 pounds now.
We are being fed pretty good now we have beef 5 days out of a week. I suppose Pa told you about that long march through the mud that we made on Sept. 4. Four companies and as troop of cavalry went out again on the 6th. They went out about 7 miles and caught 16 nigger soldiers and 6 guns they took the prisoners down to Manila this morning to put them in the general prison. They were all tied together with two long ropes one on the right and one on the left. They had both hands tied to this rope so they were all tied together 12 guards took to the train.
We have lots of bananas here now, we get 2 for one cent.
We got some new recruits from the states about 2 weeks ago.
Is there anybody enlisting from Oshkosh.
There is only one man died so far that came from Oshkosh that is the fellow that enlisted with me. How is everything in Oshkosh anyhow. Is Max Hoff around there yet?
I will send you a package of native cigarettes that is the kind that we use over here. They are getting the American cigarettes over here now too.
Does Pa get all his letters, is he working in New London yet?
When you write let me know if you have been hunting any this fall. How is Ma getting along. Well I must close hoping that you are all well and will write soon. From your brother Ed.

E. W. Apel
Co. E 3rd. U.S. Inf.
Event Spanish American War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.7.5.1
Object Name Letter
People Apel, Edward W.
Subjects Spanish American War
Philippine Insurrection
United States Army
Campaigns & battles
Prisoners of war
Artillery (Troops)
Artillery (Weaponry)
Military rations
Title Letter
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