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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.
Letter From Charles Noe to his brother Sebastian -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Noe Letter

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