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Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier

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Admin/Biog History PORLIER, Charles Louis - Pvt., Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Charles was born in 1841/9 at Wisconsin, a son of Louis B. and Sophia (Grignon) Porlier. Louis was born circa 1818 at Wisconsin. His obituary states that he was born on Jan. 1, 1814 at Green Bay, Brown County. Charles and his father were listed in the 1860 federal census as residing in the town of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. They were residing with Augustine Grignon, father of Sophia. She was not listed there at that time. Louis died at the Grignon homestead near Butte des Morts, Winnebago County in May 1896. Charles enlisted at Oshkosh on Aug. 9, 1862. He was assigned as above and was then transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on Apr. 10, 1864. Charles re-joined his company on July 5, 1864 and was mustered out on June 8, 1865. He was married in Winnebago County on Nov. 19, 1866 to Josephine DuChien. Charles was listed in 1883 at P.O. Butte des Morts. He had been receiving a pension of $4 per month since October 1879 for an injury to his abdomen. Charles was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 and 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Omro, Winnebago County. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the village of Omro and suffering from breech and kidney troubles. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1905 state census at P.O. Oshkosh. Charles was listed in 1905 as an employee of the Paine Lumber Company and residing at 17 Vinland Road in the city of Oshkosh. Also at that address were Charles P., Jesse G., Joseph L., Louis D., and Rossie E. Porlier. Charles died in 1918.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation February 21, 1863
Abstract Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier during his service with Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Charles L. Porlier enlisted at Oshkosh in Company B, 21st Wisconsin Infantry on August 9, 1862. He transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps, an organization of partially disabled soldiers, on April 10, 1864. He was found to be physically fit for duty and returned to his regiment on July 5, 1864. He mustered out with the regiment on June 8, 1865. The following letters are all addressed to his father, Louis B. Porlier, in Butte Des Morts, Wisconsin.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
February 21, 1863


My Dear Father, it is with pleasure that I take the opportunity of writing to you, this pleasant morning to let you know I am well at present. And hoping that these few lines will find you in the same enjoyment of health, dear father. We had our pay [the] day before yesterday. I have sold, Andrew Gringnon's things for $7.80, and took that money and bought [a] pair [of] boots. And I wish you would pay Mrs. Grignon that money, $7.80, maybe she needs it. The reason why I took the money [was] because I didn't have money enough to get what I wanted. So, I took the money. The money I allot to you, you will get it as soon as the paper gets round. I received the paper and three stamps, and I wish you would send me some two or three dollars worth, so I can writer oftener. Our orderly is promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. No more at present. No news about the war. My best love to you all, from your affectionate son
Charles L. Porlier
Answer as soon as you get this letter. And if you send some postage stamps, be sure to direct your letter right so I can get it. No more. All the rest of are well.

Company B, 21st Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers
3rd Brigade 1st Division
Army of Cumberland
By W.H.P.

[Notes: Private Andrew Grignon enlisted in Company B, at Winneconne on August 15, 1862. He was taken prisoner at Jefferson, Tennessee. He was released and captured again at the Battle of Chicamauga, on September 19, 1863. He was released again and served with the regiment until mustered out may 30, 1865.
Soldiers were allowed to send money home to family members through allotment.
1st Sergeant James E. Stuart enlisted in Oshkosh on August 4, 1862. He was promoted to Lieutenant on February 4, 1863, 1st Lieutenant on December 23, 1863, and Captain on August 34, 1864. He mustered out on June 8, 1865.]
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes PORLIER, Charles Louis - Pvt., Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Charles was born in 1841/9 at Wisconsin, a son of Louis B. and Sophia (Grignon) Porlier. Louis was born circa 1818 at Wisconsin. His obituary states that he was born on Jan. 1, 1814 at Green Bay, Brown County. Charles and his father were listed in the 1860 federal census as residing in the town of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. They were residing with Augustine Grignon, father of Sophia. She was not listed there at that time. Louis died at the Grignon homestead near Butte des Morts, Winnebago County in May 1896. Charles enlisted at Oshkosh on Aug. 9, 1862. He was assigned as above and was then transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on Apr. 10, 1864. Charles re-joined his company on July 5, 1864 and was mustered out on June 8, 1865. He was married in Winnebago County on Nov. 19, 1866 to Josephine DuChien. Charles was listed in 1883 at P.O. Butte des Morts. He had been receiving a pension of $4 per month since October 1879 for an injury to his abdomen. Charles was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 and 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Omro, Winnebago County. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the village of Omro and suffering from breech and kidney troubles. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1905 state census at P.O. Oshkosh. Charles was listed in 1905 as an employee of the Paine Lumber Company and residing at 17 Vinland Road in the city of Oshkosh. Also at that address were Charles P., Jesse G., Joseph L., Louis D., and Rossie E. Porlier. Charles died in 1918.
Object ID SC411.5.9.1
Object Name Letter
People Porlier, Charles Louis
Subjects Civil War
21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Campaigns & battles
Tents
Camping
Military police
Military uniforms
Destruction & pillage
Food
Food supply
Veterans
Title Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier
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