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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.]
Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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