Osman Baker Taplin(1840 - 1862)
Home State: Wisconsin
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Wisconsin Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A lumberman from Oshkosh, he enlisted in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry on 21 April 1861.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was mortally wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 ... "by a musket ball, which passed entirely through his stomach, just above the hip and thigh joint."
The remainder of the War:
He was tended at the "Sherman house" near the battlefield until the 22nd, when he was moved to the Brigade Hospital at Keedysville. He died there of wounds on 24 September 1862 at "twelve minutes past three". He was reinterred from his original burial in the Keedysville Cemetery to the new Antietam National Cemetery during or before 1867.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Service data from the Roster2. Further details from an exhibit, a letter about his care, and a letter about his death from his tentmate - all from the Oshkosh Museum.
|Birth Date: 12/19/1840 Place of Birth: Newbury, VT |
Death Date: 09/24/1862 Death Place: Keedysville, MD Burial Place: Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD
1 Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869 [AotW citation 4249]
2 State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pg. 361 [AotW citation 10191]
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