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Letter From Charles Noe to his brother Sebastian

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Admin/Biog History NOE, Charles - Cpl., Company F, 19th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Charles was the son of Joseph Noe, who was born in Wurttenberg, Germany circa 1798. His wife's name was Cresentia (sp) and the couple had four children born in Germany: Sebastian; Charles; John; and William. The family immigrated to the United States in 1847 and settled on a farm in Nekimi Township, Winnebago County, Wisconsin and owned 80 acres in Section 11. Charles resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Feb. 1, 1862. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Corporal in that company. Charles was then mustered out on Apr. 29, 1865 at the end of his term of enlistment. He was listed in 1868 as a carpenter residing at 6 Seventh Street in the city of Oshkosh. Charles was married to Augusta Siefeld about 1868. They had two children, unnamed at registration, who were born in Oshkosh on May 25, 1882 (Eugene) and July 14, 1885 (Emma); and two other children whos births were not registered. Charles was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 and 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #241 at Oshkosh. Charles was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing at 30 Rosalia Street in Oshkosh. A Carl Noe died March 24, 1903 as Charles is sometimes also listed by that name.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation November 27, 1864
Abstract Letter From Charles Noe, Company F, 19th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, to his brother Sebastian Noe, written in German and partially translated.

Camp of the 19th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer
November 27th. 1864

Dear Brother (Sebastian Noe)

Charles Noe, is responding to his brothers letter dated November 19th. Charles Noe is happy to receive the letter along with the news of his brother.

Charles Noe reports there has been little quiet or peace on the front. Recently soldiers have fallen. Last Friday, the 10th Regiment lost 7 men. Charles Noe's regiment did not lose anyone on that day. He and his men should have left tomorrow, but received orders at 4 o'clock in the morning to leave. Thirty of the one hundred well-armed men were to attack the Rebel front at day-break, but due to dense fog, they could not attack until later.
One and a half miles from the fort, shots were fired and many of his men were shot. Charles talks about John, their brother, who is in the hospital. Noe has visited him and assisted him in writing a letter. Charles recommended that John remain in the hospital until he regains his strength. He should also eat well. The hospital food is good which is the opposite of the food on the front. Charles' rations are very small and they do not receive enough food to help the men grow stronger. The food is awful and Charles should have complained about it earlier, but now it is so bad it could not be worse. When the men are in shift, they receive salt pork, and ham. They are able to purchase extra food, but it is expensive. Ham costs $1.00 and small pieces of something cost 35 cents. They receive 9 hard crackers a day. Charles again writes that the food is poor and minimal. His brother (Sebastian) wrote to him that he can obtain work from the government, but Charles Noe warns his brother should not join the draft. On the final page, Charles reports on two men. Casper Schmidt is not with Charles Noe's company. He drives ambulance. He is well and sends greetings to the brother. Emil Neudeck is in Noe's company. The two of them sleep near one another in the tent. He also sends the brother greetings. Charles Noe than ends his letter and sends greetings to his brother and his wife. He closes the letter with something like "your brother, forever, Charles Noe." After his name he again writes his location Company F, 19 Regiment, Wisconsin Vol, Fort Monroe. The two post-scripts are personal notes to his brother. In one he tells his brother not to eat all the danish from the bakery and in the other, he requests that his brother write him.

Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Language German
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes NOE, Charles - Cpl., Company F, 19th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Noe family came to the United States in 1847 from Wurttemberg, Germany. Charles resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Feb. 1, 1862. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Corporal in that company. Charles was then mustered out on Apr. 29, 1865 at the end of his term of enlistment. He was listed in 1868 as a carpenter residing at 6 Seventh Street in the city of Oshkosh. Charles was married to Augusta Siefeld prior to 1882. They had two sons, unnamed at registration, who was born in Oshkosh on May 25, 1882 and July 14, 1885. Charles was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 and 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #241 at Oshkosh. Charles was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing at 30 Rosalia Street in Oshkosh. A Carl Noe died March 24, 1903 and may be the same person.
Object ID SC411.5.42
Object Name Letter
People Noe, Charles
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Campaigns & battles
18th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Forts & fortifications
Food
Military cookery
Military hospitals
Military life
Military rations
German-Americans
Title Letter From Charles Noe to his brother Sebastian
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