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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 william christieWilliam G. Christie

Date: November 1, 1862
Location: Corinth, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: William gives a basic description of the encampment at Corinth.
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Date: February 16, 1863
Location: Lake Providence, Louisiana
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: William relays his views on slavery, and complains of rogue troops and corruption in the Army.
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Date: April 12, 1863
Location: Lake Providence, Louisiana
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: William describes his philosophy on life.
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Date: May 31, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: William describes the siege of Vicksburg, and admits to his insecurities with regards to bravery and self-sacrifice.
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Date: June 6, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: With the siege on Vicksburg continuing, William reiterates his strong anti-slavery views.
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Date: June 23, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: William gives his opinions on national politics; describes continuing bombardment.
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Date: July 16, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: Now inside the city of Vicksburg, William writes about the sights around town and the general progress of the Union offensive.
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Date: August 20, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: A massive explosion of ammunition being loaded onto the ship “City of Madison” rocks the camp; dozens are killed on the ship. William provides details of the accident and mentions that Thomas D. Christie is on his way back to Clyman.
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Date: September 19, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: William writes about the morality of war. He also mentions the relocation of camp and asks whether Thomas, on furlough in Clyman, is on his way back to camp yet.
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Date: October 2, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: More discussion on the politics of the Civil War; also a discussion of Negro regiments.
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Date: November 4, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: William reflects on his second anniversary of enlistment in the Union Army.
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Date: December 9, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: William describes the social event at the Vicksburg Union Literary Society, of which Thomas D. Christie is secretary. Also discusses reenlistment in the Battery. William also writes of Uncle David's being drafted and his search for a substitute.
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Date: December 20, 1863
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: William discusses the fee paid to a substitute for a drafted man, in regards to his Uncle Dave; also writes of his possible furlough.
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Date: May 13, 1864
Location: Athens, Alabama
Addressee: James C. Christie
Description: Now in camp, William recounts the march. He also describes the use of snuff among Southerners.
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