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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 March 30, 1865
Abstract Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier during his service with Company B, 21st Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Goldsboro, North Carolina
March 30, 1865

Dear father

I take the pleasant opportunity to let you now that I am in the enjoyment of a good health and I hope when these few lines reaches you may find you all enjoying the same blessing. Dear father, I suppose it is a long while since you heard of me. We had no communications till we got to Goldsboro. The campaign was rather hard. We had a Battle with the rebels at Sampson Courthouse. We lost about thirty out of our regiment killed and wounded and prisoners. We did not lose one out our company. The battle was dreadful. The rebels lost very heavy. It was charge after charge. David Service was taken prisoner, but he got away from the rebels again, [also] Pickle out of my company. Dear father, I am very thankful for what you sent me. I got all you sent me. I got tea, thread, towel, needles, handkerchief, book, [and the] likenesses. I am [a] thousand times thankful to you for the kindness you did to me.

No more at present, give my love to all my parents.
I remain your affectionate son
C. L. Porlier

C. L. Porlier to L. B. Porlier

[NOTE: This is a reference to the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina, fought on March 19, 1864. Sampson County lies south of Bentonville and on the route of march of the Federal Army.
Private David A. Service enlisted at Vinland on August 14, 1862 and mustered out with the regiment on June 8, 1865.
He is possibly referring to Private Mansuette Pickle, who enlisted in Winneconne on December 10, 1863 as a recruit. Mansuette is listed as a prisoner on March 24, 1865. It may also refer to Lancelette H. Pickle, who enlisted at Winneconne on August 9, 1862 and mustered out with the regiment on June 8, 1865.
A "likeness" is a photograph or a tintype.]
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 SC411.5.9.13
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
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Veterans
Title Letter from Charles Lewis Porlier to his father Louis B. Porlier
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