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A letter from Thomas Christie to MN Governor Miller reporting on a piece of artillery – April 12, 1865

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

A letter from Thomas D. Christie, Sergeant First Minnesota Battery, to Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller reporting on the piece of artillery which was a gift from Capt. Clayton of the First Minnesota to the State of Minnesota, and how it was acquired.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Clyman, Dodge Co. Wis
April 12, 1865

Governor Stephen H. Miller
St. Paul-
I am a Sergeant of the First Minnesota Battery, now at home on Veteran furlough, and write to tell you that I brought to Baltimore, Md, a piece of Artillery which was given into the charge of Sergt. Gordon and myself to take home and present to you as a gift from Capt. Clayton of our Battery to the State of Minnesota. We got the trophy as far as Baltimore without much trouble, but could get it no further without paying for it, transportation ourselves, which could hardly be expected of us in view of the fact that our pay is now 8 months in arrears. […] When our Army Corps captured Cheraw S.C. on the 3rd. […] we found […] a park of 27 pieces of Artillery which the Enemy had been unable to get off. […] all of them except three were rendered useless and thrown into the Peedee. One of these three is the piece I left at Baltimore. Capt. Clayton obtained permission from Maj. Genl. Blair to bring it along from Cheraw, in order that it might be presented to the State of Minnesota as a trophy of Sherman’s Carolina Campaign[…] It is a Blakely, of three & a half inch caliber, and made in Liverpool in 1862 – a very interesting specimen of British neutrality, I assure you. […]
I remain, with respect
Your obt. Servt.
Thos. D. Christie
Sergt 1st Minn. Battery

See the entire letter here: 1865-04-12_Christie_combined

Citation:  April 12, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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