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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 July 29, 1864
Abstract Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier during his service with Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Louisville, Kentucky
July 29/1864

Dear Father,

I take the pleasant opportunity to let you know where I am and how I am. I am in good health and I hope when these few lines reach you, will find you all enjoying good health. We arrived here this morning. We were very much pleased to arrive in Louisville. We were guarded like prisoners by the One-Hundred-Day-Men. They had us in a prison, had guards all round us, inside, and outside, and had their guns loaded. They were afraid of us. They thought we would hurt them, because we were old soldiers. If we wanted to hurt them, we could not, for we had no arms. They used us mean. They did not give us hardly any rations. They would sell us our own rations. If we had done anything to be punished for, we would not [have] thought anything of it. But we were punished innocently. This is the first time that I have been put in prison since I have been in the service. But I think they won't get another chance to put me in. It was a shame the way [that] they used us. They had deserters along with us. When we go by cities, the people thought we were deserters, the way the had us guarded.
Dear father it is getting late [and] I must close my letter. As soon as I get to the regiment, I [will] write as often as I can. When we are traveling, it is not very convenient to write. Dear father, give my love to Aunt Child, and Augustin, and all the rest of the family. So good night
From your son
Charles L Porlier to

[NOTE: As a measure to relieve veteran troops from rear line duties, the Federal government allowed the recruitment of one hundred days regiments in early 1864. These troops were generally used to guard prisoners, railroads, and free veteran regiments to fight in the front lines. Veterans, like Porlier, generally held these men in contempt.]
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 SC411.5.9.8
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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