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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. 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 Dear father, you spoke about General Rosecrans and about [his] getting superseded. He did get superseded, and the soldiers were very sorry to here that he was superseded.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.]
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