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Letter of from William Doerner

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Admin/Biog History DOERNER, William - 1st Lt., Company C, 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. William listed his residence as Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Sept. 5, 1861. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Sergeant in that company. William reenlisted at the end of his term and was then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in that company on Oct. 19, 1864. He was transferred to Company A, 9th (reorg.) Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of that company on May 23, 1865. William was mustered out on Jan. 30, 1866.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation January 13, 1865
Abstract 1 letter and envelope from William Doerner to his friend John Heron.
Envelope addressed to: John Heron, Oshkosh Wis., postmarked Little Rock Feb 6, 1865

Little Rock
January 13, 1865

Friend John
Yours of December 21 came to hand and your letter between. I was glad to hear from you and hope your folks are all the same. I have a little notion to give you a litt-le daming, for neglecting me so, but hope you will not do it again, so I will not say any more about it. You say you had rather be pounded than to write a letter, well I say, you better write letters to me, or I will do the pounding when I come back again. Write letters I say. Do you under-stand? And not little half sheets. After waiting six months ain't you ashamed? You ought [to] serve about three years in the army and I bet you would know better then to send a little half sheet to a friend. I don't know of much news to write for we don't hear anything here. I received a letter from Bill Dichmann, he is another such fellow, he sends little half sheets, is paper very costly up north? Let me know and I will send you some next time, for five cents I can get a sheet of paper and an envelope here. That is cheap ain't it?
You want to know how I am getting along. Well I [will] tell you. We haven't been paid for over six months, and you know Officers can't draw rations from government, but we have to pay cash for all we have. And everything is very high, po-tatoes five dollars a bushel, butter one dollar a pound, and everything according. Captain, 1st Lieutenant, and myself, we mess to-gether and it costs us a dollar and fifty cents for meat every day. So, you can think it cost us our whole salary to live.
If you should make up your mind to be soldier, just come down here. I would like to see you very much. I would show you how to carry a musket. Mike Sipe is down here again, he came down to this Regiment just before New Years, and I and him got on a hell of a bender New Year. I must come to a close. Now if you can't read this, send it back, and I will send a telegraphic dispatch. Be sure and write as soon as you get this [letter]. Tell Caroline that I am expecting a letter from her. Tell Amy to write me a letter and I will answer it. My love to Netty Ostrom. I haven't heard from Bert Wood in a great while I suppose he is with Sherman. Give my love to all.
From your friend
William [Doerner]
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes DOERNER, William - 1st Lt., Company C, 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. William listed his residence as Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Sept. 5, 1861. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Sergeant in that company. William reenlisted at the end of his term and was then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in that company on Oct. 19, 1864. He was transferred to Company A, 9th (reorg.) Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of that company on May 23, 1865. William was mustered out on Jan. 30, 1866.
Object ID SC411.5.23.3
Object Name Letter
People Doerner, William
Heron, John
Subjects Civil War
Homefront
9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Military policy
Executions
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Title Letter of from William Doerner
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