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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. 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.]
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