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

In 1861, as President Lincoln known as for volunteers to safeguard the Union, Thomas Christie wrote to his father, voicing wants shared via many an enlistee: “I do are looking to ‘see the world,’ to get out of the slim circle within which i've got continuously lived, to ‘make a guy of myself,’ and to have it to assert in days to return that I, too, had a component during this nice struggle.”

As it grew to become out, Thomas had a good accomplice in his quest: his brother William. either signed on with the 1st Minnesota mild Artillery, operating as “cannoneers,” accountable for loading and aiming massive weapons on the enemy. the 1st Minnesota observed motion in significant battles at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. however the adventurers additionally persevered the monotony of camp lifestyles, the starvation of bad provide strains, and, in William’s case, the demanding situations of enemy catch. The ups and downs, the doubts and thrills are mentioned from their differing views during this selection of letters to anxious mom and dad, a winsome sister, and a more youthful brother desirous to take part the struggle. Their shiny epistles are better through the familial connection of brothers in hands who ultimately did see the world—and lower back domestic changed.

Hampton Smith is a reference librarian on the Minnesota historic Society. In his a long time on the society, he has built services in Civil warfare and armed forces historical past. The Christie letters are a precious a part of MHS collections.

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My invoice for garments from the time of enlistment to this date quantities to $74; this can be an way over $32 over my every year allowance from the govt.. 31 i'm hoping that subsequent 12 months my costs on that head should be much less. The paper and the track that you simply despatched got here the day before today. T. D. and the opposite boys are already making an attempt the recent War-songs. there are numerous stable singers within the battery; in the event that they have been in Fox Lake they can aid your choir splendidly. i feel our Tenor and Bass will be welcome to you. however it is altogether most probably that our cannon should sing Bass an exceptional time and again at Vicksburg earlier than we will sing at any place within the North. It has rained a gradual move on the grounds that nighttime. Worst of all, out tents are leaking. so that you see we aren't as cozy as you're at school! … Thomas Christie to Sarah Christie ON BOARD shipping “JEANNIE DEANS,”32 MOUTH OF THE YAZOO,33 JAN. 24/63 expensive Sister, Your desire of the twelfth inst used to be recieved at Memphis within the hurry and bustle of embarkation, i used to be officer of the defend too, whilst, and so had an excessive amount of to occupy me with no writing. This needs to be my excuse for now not answering quicker. the following we're finally, after a voyage of three days, tied up at the sacred soil of Louisianna, and a truly bad having a look soil it really is. I shall no longer try an outline of the greenery of the decrease Mississippi, you will discover that during many a booklet of shuttle, sufficient to claim, it was once simply as I anticipated to work out it. i could someday, if GOD spares us either, curiosity you by way of descriptions and incidents which i've got no time or inclination to put in writing, and untill then you definitely needs to be chuffed with naked statements of proof, happy that not anything of curiosity is forgotten by means of me, and i in basic terms watch for a chance to fulfill your interest. “Good time coming” you recognize. there's no speedy prospect of combating right here; troops are swiftly concentrating, department after department is sweeping down, and after we do assault back it will likely be with strength enough to beat all competition and hold the most important of the Mississippi by means of a Coup de major. The Kansas First is on board with us and a wild set of men they're. 34 i've got stumbled on of their ranks an previous schoolmate no much less a personage than Martin Croover. 35 I knew him instantly and had rather a conversation with him within which he instructed me that once he ran clear of Billy Welch’s he went to Milwaukie, from there to the Missouri River, and whilst the warfare broke out went to Leavenworth and enlisted. He was once within the conflict of Wilson’s Creek and in lots of skirmishes, and appears simply as he used to in each specific. earlier than leaving Memphis we bought month’s pay, 26 Doll’s and among small money owed reduced in size throughout the moneyless summer season, and precious purchases, similar to shirts, boots and so on. my pile is very small, as is William’s, and that i needs to suggest you to use to Father on our account for the money you would like. you shouldn't hide your accounts from him, inform him frankly all approximately it and it'll be the way in which. i'm going to write to him on your behalf, and i'm certain that, as your requests are moderate they are going to be acceded to.

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