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Author

Thomas D. Christie
William G. Christie
Alexander S. Christie
Location

Ft. Snelling, Minnesota
Corinth, Mississippi
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Atlanta, Georgia
Date

July – December, 1861
July – December, 1862
January – June, 1863
July – December, 1863
January – June, 1864
July – December, 1864
January – June, 1865

Civil War Letters of the Christie Family
CHRISTIE HOME

photo of alexander christieAlexander S. Christie

Alexander S. Christie's military career was quite short. He spent most of the first three months being “processed,” sent to different camps and not knowing where he was going to end up. By the time his regiment was ready to fight, the end of the war was just days away.

Date: January 24, 1865
Location: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Addressee: Sarah J. Christie
Description: Alexander writes to explain life at Fort Snelling and the group of new recruits.
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Date: February 16, 1865
Location: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Addressee: David Christie
Description: Alexander describes the food available in camp, and gives an overview of drills and leisure time.
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Date: February 19, 1865
Location: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Addressee: Sarah J. Christie
Description: A Fort Snelling chapel service leaves Alexander breathless; he writes still in a state of excitement.
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Date: February 23, 1865
Location: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Addressee: David Christie
Description: Alexander writes about his friends in camp, and also mentions the use of mules in the Army.
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Date: March 12, 1865
Location: New York City
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: Alexander, after a hard trip that included getting his wallet stolen in Chicago, writes to express frustration over not knowing where he is going.
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Date: March 15, 1865
Location: Hart Island, New York
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: Here, camped on an island with many other recruits, Alexander finds himself in the middle of rampant disease, death, and thievery.
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Date: March 25, 1865
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: Alexander, extremely anxious over where he is to be sent, writes to say that he may be headed to Beaufort.
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Date: April 6, 1865
Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Addressee: Thomas D. Christie
Description: Expecting to find both brothers in camp, Alexander is crushed to find that Thomas is on furlough and William has been captured by the Confederates.
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Date: April 9, 1865
Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: Alexander's regiment has joined Sherman's forces in Goldsboro, and are preparing to move out.
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