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A letter from Thomas Christie to his brother, Alexander, who just joined the Army with advice – April 3, 1865

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

A letter from Thomas Christie in Goldsboro, North Carolina, to his brother, Alexander Christie, who has just joined the Army, giving advice on how to conduct himself now that he is in the service.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Goldsboro, N.C. April 3rd. 1865
My dear Sandy –
[…] Now, a few words of advice, which I would make longer, but that I cannot doubt that I will see you in New Burn. Remember that a soldier will rust out sooner than wear out, so do not be afraid to take exercise enough even in camp. On the march you will have enough to do at all times, but the more tired you are at night the better. Be very careful of your stomach for from derangement of it flows nearly all the ills that affect the soldier. Eat regularly and very little grease. Be always cheerful and ready to join in any fun that is going on in the camp. I would have died long ago but for my laughing propensities. And, above all, if you do get sick, fight the thing out. Don’t give up to sickness as long as you can stand on your legs. […]
May God bless you my dear Brother and protect you till we meet again, in the heartfelt prayer of yours aff’ctly ,
Thos D. Christie

See entire letter: 1865-04-03_Christie_combined

Citation:  April 3, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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