Civil War Letters of the Christie Family

Author: Thomas D. Christie
Date: September 2, 1862
Location: Corinth, Mississippi
Addressee: Alexander S. Christie
Description: Thomas writes about news from the battle at Bull Run. He also describes Union Generals Ord and Rawlins.

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Corinth, Miss. Sept 2, 1862

Dear Brother [Alexander],

On returning from watering this morning I was surprised by finding 2 letters and the Independent waiting for me, Father's of the 26th Ult. and yours of the 24th and 25th. As a letter from you is an event of rare occorrence [sic], just now I will pay it the first attention and answer Fathers tomorrow.

Never imagine that I will ever think the details of the old farm labors uninteresting, or that I forget my last years life in the novelty and excitement of the present. I rely on you principally to supply me with all the events of the Homestead and hope you will remember it in every letter you send me.

Our present life is unproductive of anything of much interest to write about, although I suppose if you could be transported to Corinth for a day you would see enough to furnish you with talk for a month. I sometimes indulge in the fancy that I am just from home, to see if I can get up a feeling of wonder at the strange events that constitute my daily life now. But, I am sorry to say, I am becoming case hardened pretty fast and begin to take things just as they come, in a matter of fact way as if I had been used to it for years. Thus, I think more now of a good dinner, (a mighty scarce article nowadays I tell you on account of the inefficiency of cooks) or a gallop through the country for fun, than I do of the best Novel Sir E. Bulwer Lytton ever wrote. Perhaps you think I may be developing my Animal too much to the neglect of my other faculties. But I think just as much of Beecher's Sermons now as I did a year ago, and in the absence of my Algebra I am applying myself leisurely to German, a grammar of which was found a month ago by one of my comrades.

But enough of Ego, don't you think he sticks out a great deal in all my letters. Well, it's your own fault if you have increased my egotism by the interest in all my doings that you show in your letters.

The news from Minn. grows worse each day and it has become possible that we may be needed there yet to punish the rascals. This anticipation is pleasing to most of us. After a Summer in the South, it would be extremely pleasant to rejuvenate our physique hunting Deer and wild indians over the prairies of Northern Minn. this coming winter.

This indolence here is becoming tiresome and if it was not for independent individual activity I would die of ennui. As it is, the news of the great activity in Virginia makes us regret that we were not sent there when they gave our Division marching orders some time ago with that intention. We have just heard of the second Battle of Bull Run and it creates the greatest enthusiasm in Camp. Pope will fix off Jackson now that he has got him where he can feel him and meet him on fair ground.

The weather is gradually tempering down into Autumn, and Mr. Williams tells me that we may soon expect the commencement of the Rainy Season. I dread the wet winter now more than I did the hot Summer, for the memory of the weather we enjoyed in Camp Benton and the Arsenal during our sojourn there is anything but pleasant.

Lieut. “G. Fred. Cooke” commands the Battery now and we have drill every morning at Sunrise.

On the occasion of our inspection on the 31st Ult. we were given the post of honor which is the right of the Sine, and Rawlins, Adjt. Gen. to Grant highly praised our appearance and celerity of movement. Old Gen. Ord addressed the troops after the Review was over and announced that the medals and extra pay voted by Congress to the bravest men of each Co. would soon be distributed. The old fellow looks just like a Russian Marshal with his fierce Mustachios and beard. I would have a great deal more confidence in him than in Grant.

Feed call will soon sound, and, as I am taking care of a horse now I will have to be on hand.

Give my love to Mother and all the rest and answer as soon as possible.

Your loving Brother,

T. D. Christie

Tell Helen I expect a letter from her soon.

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