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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 October 30, 1863
Abstract Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier during his service with Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Nashville Tennessee
October 30, [1863?]

Dear Father,

I take the pleasant opportunity to let you now how I am. I am in the enjoyment of good health and I hope when these few lines reaches you, will find all of you enjoying good health.

Dear father, you wanted to know whether I got my pay or not. I did get it, when I was sick. And if I hadn't had it when I was sick, I would of died. I could not eat the vitals we had. It was rotten bacon and hard crackers. And so I had to buy what I could eat and then I had to pay double price.

Dear father, as soon as we get paid, I will send some money home. This is not making any remark towards what you wrote to me. Dear father, you spoke about General Rosecrans and about [his] getting superseded. He did get superseded, and the soldiers were very sorry to here that he was superseded. The soldiers had all the confidence in him. Although, we have A splendid general, General Thomas, but he is not like our old general. Dear father, I would like to go home and see you all, but I can't go. And so I remain here, until I get a furlough. If they don't, I will remain until they give me one. Dear father, Nothing more at present so I close my letter. Give my love to Aunt Child, Augustin, and all the rest of the family. So good night.
From Charles L. Porlier
Direct your letters as usual

[NOTE: Major General William S. Rosecrans, the popular commander of the Army of the Cumberland, was relieved of command following his defeat at the battle of Chicamauga in September 1863.
Major General George H. Thomas replaced Rosecrans as commander of the Army of the Cumberland.]
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 SC411.5.9.11
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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