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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. 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.]
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