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

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 through many an enlistee: “I do are looking to ‘see the world,’ to get out of the slender circle within which i've got continuously lived, to ‘make a guy of myself,’ and to have it to assert in days to come back that I, too, had an element during this nice struggle.”

As it became out, Thomas had an outstanding accomplice in his quest: his brother William. either signed on with the 1st Minnesota gentle Artillery, operating as “cannoneers,” liable for loading and aiming vast 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 existence, 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 nervous mom and dad, a winsome sister, and a more youthful brother wanting to take part the struggle. Their vibrant epistles are more suitable by way of the familial connection of brothers in fingers who finally did see the world—and lower back domestic changed.

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

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