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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 rejoined 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 September 25, 1864
Abstract Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier during his service with Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Camp Near Atlanta
Sept. the 25/1864

Dear Father,

I take the pleasant opportunity to let you now that I am still a live and in a good health, and I hope when these few lines reaches you, may find you all enjoying the same health. Father, I received your welcome letter, which pleased me very much to here that you was all in a good health. Father, you spoke about Wheeler in your letter. It would be a narrow escape for us. It would if he had a bigger squad of his men. He could of capture every one of us, because there was lot of the Boys threw their guns a way and a accouterments.
Well father, that old story about Wheeler is to old to talk about it, so I [will] tell you what I have been doing today. We cleaned our guns and everything we had. We were going on brigade inspection. When we got there, [at] the place where we were going to [have] inspection, it began to rain. And that spoiled it, the inspection. So we broke ranks and left. Before we got to our tents, we got all wet. Then we had to go to work and clean our guns. That is the way we have to do [things] all the time. We have hardly time to our selves. Dear father, I wish my time was over. I tell you, I [have] begun to be tired of lying on the ground. It is over two years. I think the old bed would feel [a] little better than the ground.
Dear father, the boys are all well. Moses is the same one all the time. He is as funny as usual. And Marshal is the same. He has good courage. He says if he gets through safe, he thinks he can go home and be a good boy. Dear father, E. Stuart is our Captain and E. Vredenburg is our first lieutenant. He is good fellow. 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 L. B. Porlier
PS: Dear father, I wish you would send me what I asked you for in one of my letters, postage stamps, and paper envelopes, and thread, and new needles, and a pare of gloves, if you can. I tell you, we fare very slim here. I tell you, I don't hardly get enough to eat

[NOTES: Brigadier General Joseph Wheeler, Confederate cavalry commander.
Private Moses Ladd enlisted from Winneconne on August 15, 1862. He mustered out with the regiment on June 8, 1865
Private Marshall Grignon enlisted in Oshkosh on January 26, 1864 as a recruit. He was transferred to the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry when the 21st Wisconsin mustered out on June 8, 1865.
Captain James E. Stuart enlisted in Oshkosh as 1st Sergeant on August 4, 1862. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant February 4, 1863, 1st Lieutenant December 23, 1863, and Captain on August 31, 1864. He mustered out with the regiment on June 8, 1865.
1st Lieutenant Edgar Vredenburg enlisted in Winneconne as a sergeant on August 14, 1862. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on August 31, 1864 and mustered out with the regiment on June 8, 1865.]
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 SC411.5.9.10
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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