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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 November 7, 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 Neal, Kingston, [Georgia]
Nov. 7, 1864

Dear Father
I take the pleasant opportunity to let you now that I am in a good health and I hope when these few lines reaches you may find you all well. Dear father I received your welcome letter of the 19 October. I was very much pleased to get [that] letter from you. It was very much pleasing to hear from you. Dear father, I suppose you know that we have not much rest since we left Atlanta. We have been on the go. When we are on the move, we hardly have time to write. Dear father, the rumor is that we are going to Savannah. I don't [know] whether we [will] go or not. If we go, there won't be no chance for you to send [me] what I sent for. If [we] don't go, where they said we would go, I would like to have them articles and I [would] like to have a pair of stockings and a pound of tea. That is all I want from home. I think I can get along then, until my time is up. Dear father, I wish you would not forget to send me a pair of gloves. Colonel Hobart tried to get our regiment [sent] back to Chattanooga. He got the permission from General Thomas, but I think the rest of the generals would not agree. Dear father, the boys in the company got paid, all but me. My Descriptive Roll was lost. It has not come up yet to the company. When I draw [my pay], I [will] draw more. Dear father, No more at present. The boys are all well, all but Joseph Dushine. He can't stand it. He [is] going to be sent back to the rear. No more at present, all the boys join me in [sending] love to you all. So good night to you all.

I remain your Dear son C. L. Porlier
To L. B. Porlier

[NOTE: Colonel Harrison C. Hobart, enlisted as Lieutenant Colonel July 22, 1862. He was captured at the Battle of Chicamauga on September 20, 1863 and later escaped from Libbey Prison. He was promoted to Colonel March 1, 1864 and brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers January 12, 1865.
Private Joseph Dushine enlisted as a recruit in Oshkosh on January 26, 1864. He was transferred to the 3rd Wisconsin when the 21st Wisconsin was mustered out 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 SC411.5.9.12
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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