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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. 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.]
Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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