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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 Apr 19 1864
Abstract Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier during his service with Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 19 1864

Dear Father,

I take the pleasant opportunity to answer your welcome letter, which found me very sick. But thank the lord, I am getting better. I was so sick that I thought I [would] kick the Bucket. It is very sickly in this city. Dear father, you said that my colt had been sick [and] last night I dreamed that my colt was dead. Dear father, is there any chance for me to go back to the regiment? I wish you would write to my Captain. If the is any chance, I want to go [back] to it. This Invalid Corps is perfect humbug.

Dear Father I don't now hardly what to write. There is a circus in the city. They are going to perform one week. They preformed last night and today. They say that it is [a] poor one. There is three of our boys chained and handcuffed, one for getting drunk, and one for quarreling with the cook, and one for knocking a citizen [down]. Well father, I don't now what to write. Dear father, you said that Augustin he was trapping. I wish I was with him to trap and eat muskrat. I think I could enjoy a good piece of rat. Dear father, tell Augustin to write and tell me all the news, and tell Aunt Child to write and tell me all the news from Greenbay. I haven't heard from there in a long while. Dear father, I am so weak that I can't hardly write. I must close my letter. Next time I [will] write [a] little more. Give my love to Aunt Child, Augustin, and all the rest of the family including your self, the first one. So goodbye.
From your dear sun
C. L. Porlier
To L. B. Porlier
PS: Dear father, I am very much obliged to you for sending me that money. I don't know what I would of done if hadn't had that money you sent me. We have nothing but fat meat, such as bacon, and poorly cooked
Garrashee Barracks
Cincinnati Ohio
Box 1949
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 SC411.5.9.5
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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