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Federal (USV)


Osman Baker Taplin

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

A lumberman from Oshkosh, he enlisted in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry on 21 April 1861.

On the 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 rest 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 & 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.


12/19/1840; Newbury, VT


09/24/1862; Keedysville, MD; burial in 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]