Brother of Mine: The Civil War Letters of Thomas and William Christie

In 1861, as President Lincoln referred to as for volunteers to shield the Union, Thomas Christie wrote to his father, voicing wishes shared by way of many an enlistee: “I do are looking to ‘see the world,’ to get out of the slim circle within which i've got constantly lived, to ‘make a guy of myself,’ and to have it to claim in days to come back that I, too, had an element during this nice struggle.”

As it grew to become out, Thomas had a very good companion in his quest: his brother William. either signed on with the 1st Minnesota gentle Artillery, operating as “cannoneers,” accountable for loading and aiming tremendous weapons on the enemy. the 1st Minnesota observed motion in significant battles at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. however the adventurers additionally persisted the monotony of camp lifestyles, the starvation of terrible provide strains, and, in William’s case, the demanding situations of enemy seize. The ups and downs, the doubts and thrills are acknowledged from their differing views during this selection of letters to anxious mom and dad, a winsome sister, and a more youthful brother wanting to take part the struggle. Their vibrant epistles are improved by way of the familial connection of brothers in palms who finally did see the world—and again domestic changed.

Hampton Smith is a reference librarian on the Minnesota old Society. In his decades on the society, he has built services in Civil conflict and army heritage. The Christie letters are a valuable a part of MHS collections.

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17 we'll make the hot citadel approximately 16 or twenty yards in rear of our current Pesition. the Captain of the 2d unwell: Co. F. made the single we now occuppie, and if he had now not been an Ass he might have positioned the fortress the place we're now forced to have it. we'll be in tremendous place to throw shell into the Rebs castle, and never in any worse repair to get them from him. The Rumor in camp this morning is to the influence that Port Hudson is taken, and Farragut’s fleet is Bombarding the town of Vicksburgh, even if Port Hudson is taken or now not tis extra then i will be able to inform, yet convinced adequate Farragut or another down at the river is giving and has been giving them within the urban nice quantites of Iorn, ever seeing that final evening.

Five We marched from the Bridge to this position the previous day forenoon. Shall write back from Cairo. we're all good, and within the better of spirits over the chance of going to the Potomac. Yours ever, T. D. C. Thomas Christie to Alexander Christie CAIRO ILLS, APRIL 1864 1864 My pricey Brother: the following we're once again, within the periphery of civilization, during this swampy, watery copperhead city: camped in a place the place we need to search for to determine the steamers at the Ohio ten toes. above the extent of town, whose streets nonetheless are weighted down with the skiffs and boats utilized by the population in former inundations, and which, i believe might be required back beautiful quickly, if the River keeps to upward thrust.

See Ripley, Artillery and Ammunition, 149-51. 31. Lieutenant David H. Budlong was once the engineering officer for the Fourth department of the 17th military Corps. in keeping with his crusade document, engineers outfitted 53,865 yards of corduroy street in the course of the Carolinas crusade. U. S. conflict division, conflict of the uprising, sequence I, forty seven. 1:413. 32. William used to be captured by way of accomplice troops within the combating at Bentonville, North Carolina, on March 21. First Battery corporation Morning stories, Mar. 1865. 33. Edmund A. Everts and William R.

On March 21 William and others bumped into accomplice cavalry whereas foraging and have been captured. thankfully, he was once quickly exchanged and went domestic on go away through April 15, having hung out within the accomplice capital at Richmond. throughout the Georgia and Carolina campaigns, letters from the Christies have been sporadic yet a common subject used to be foraging. Thomas quite turns out to have loved the job, writing targeted debts of his adventures as a “bummer. ” the truth that this was once a deadly activity—Confederate cavalry and guerrilla forces frequently killed Union foragers out of hand as “banditti”—seldom entered into Thomas’s bills.

17 we'll make the recent citadel approximately 16 or twenty yards in rear of our current Pesition. the Captain of the 2d sick: Co. F. made the single we now occuppie, and if he had now not been an Ass he may have positioned the castle the place we're now forced to have it. we are going to be in superb place to throw shell into the Rebs citadel, and never in any worse repair to get them from him. The Rumor in camp this morning is to the impression that Port Hudson is taken, and Farragut’s fleet is Bombarding town of Vicksburgh, no matter if Port Hudson is taken or no longer tis extra then i will inform, yet certain adequate Farragut or another down at the river is giving and has been giving them within the urban nice quantites of Iorn, ever seeing that final evening.

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