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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. 1864, June16 Cliffburn Barrack Dear Father, I take the pleasant opportunity to write a few lines to you, to let you now how I am. I am well at present and I hope when these few lines reach you, will find you all well. Dear father, I was examined to go [back] to my regiment and sent in[to] another barrack. And yesterday was ordered back to the Company of Veteran Reserve Corps. Now I don't know whether I get to go to my regiment or not. I don't know. As soon as I got back to the company, I was presented with a gun by the Orderly Sergeant of the company, [and told] to be ready for dress parade at night. The boys were all glad to see me back to the company. They said everything was dull while I was gone, but now it is so much more livelier then it was since I came back. Father, are you going to vote for old Abe Lincoln for President? When you write, tell me. No more at present. Give my love to Aunt Childs and all the rest of the family. From your dear son Charles L. Porlier to L. B. Porlier PS: When you write, tell me all the news. Direct your letter C. L. Porlier 182nd Company, Veteran Reserve Corps Cliffburn Barracks Washington DC In Care of Lieutenant Miller [PS] I will not make my mind in haste. I will take due time to consider both sides of the question. And after a due consideration, I shall give my vote for whom I think will be more for the interest of our country, in the best of my judgement and belief. [NOTE: The state of Wisconsin passed special legislation which allowed soldiers to vote in elections, wherever they were stationed.]
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