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A letter from Thomas Christie to his father providing a list of the ten states in which he has traveled during the war – January 17, 1865

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

A letter from Thomas Christie, near Pocotaligo, South Carolina, to his father, James Christie, providing a list of the ten states in which he has traveled during the war, and the situation in South Carolina.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Camp near Pocotaligo, S.C. Jan. 17th, 1865.
Dear Father,
Tonight I put S.C. at the head of my sheet, as I have before this put several others. Here is the list: Minn, Wis, Ill, Mo, La, Miss, Tenn, Ala, Ga, and now S.C. Before the Army of the Tennessee finishes its work, you will no doubt see N.C. and Va. at the top of my letters. […] I find the map of Georgia and Virginia by Lloyd, which I have carried from Atlanta, very useful. 19th, I have been very busy preparing my men, horses, and the gun for active service. Several necessary things had to be drawn from the Quartermaster. […] We do not think much of South Carolina; it seems to be all sand, pines, palmettos, and swamps. Our Division drove the Rebels out of the two lines of works near here, and our lines now extend to the Coosawatchie. It is said that we are to stay here for at least a week, so we have fitted up everything in good shape. All of us are in good health, except for slight colds, owing to the rain. I am on guard to night; but a soldier must not grumble over the weather! However, I often dream of the time when I shall be able to sleep every night, and all night, undisturbed by guard, march, work, or fighting. […]
Yours Affectionately,
T.D.C.



See the whole letter: 1865-01-17_Christie_combined

Citation:  January 17, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie to his father James Christie. Thomas and Carmelite Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1282, box 41]

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 16, 1865

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Clear fine day. Regt. inspected at an early hour by Capt. Patton[.] On Duty as Brig. Field Officer of the Day. Made the rounds twice during the Day, and once at night[.] Leut Capt. Frost – $1.25 h, Lt. [H…ich] Whitebill [.] Capt. Mann. Condemned my tents & other C& G.E.

Citation: January 16, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Confederate Flag Fragment – January 15, 1865

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

A fragment of a Confederate flag captured on January 15th, 1865, at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, in North Carolina.  The wool “L” shaped fragment is fraying along the cut edges. Owned by Private George E. Lowry of the 13th Indiana Infantry, Company C, which was engaged at Fort Fisher.

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“News From The South”, “From Louisiana” and “From Missouri”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 13, 1865

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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Brigadier General’s Shoulder Straps

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pair of United States Army brigadier general’s shoulder strap rank insignias used during the Civil War. Each strap is embroidered in bullion with a silver five-point star within a gold border on velvet backing with cloth ties. Collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sibley House Association.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these straps in our collections database.

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A letter to James Christie from his son Thomas describing Georgia and oystering – January 11, 1865

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

A letter to James Christie from his son, Thomas Christie stationed at Ft. Thunderbolt, near Savannah, Georgia, reporting on “oystering” in the bay, and delays in their departure.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Ft. Thunderbolt, near Savannah,
January 11th, 1865
My dear Father:
[…] We have had first rate times since coming down here & I have been on the water every day. The second day I went out into the inlet in a boat to where a vessel is sunk, which shows a good part out of the water when the tide is out, & myself & two comrades got over a bushel of oysters which were sticking on the sides of the hulk. […] I cut my hands all to pieces though, in pulling the sharp clusters of oysters off the bed & the soaking in salt water don’t make them feel any the more agreeable. […] Not off yet & don’t know when we shall be, as the Infty. of the 15th Corps is going on the Boats, & it is said that we have to wait for a larger vessel than ordinary, on account of getting room for our Guns & Caissons.  We are too much used to such delays since we have been in the service to fret much about it, and we no doubt enjoy ourselves as much here as we would at Beaufort. […]
Thos. D. Christie



See entire letter here: 1865-01-11_ChristiePDF

Citation:  January 11, 1865.. Letter from Thomas Christie to brother Alexander. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Letters Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281

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“The News”, Losses Inflicted upon the Rebels in the last Sixty Days” and “Our Minnesota Troops at the Battles near Nashville”, The Stillwater Messenger – January 10, 1865

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – January 8, 1865

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Cloudy day. threatening storm[.] On Duty as R.O. of Day. Reading & writing[.] visited all the Co. Qrs[,] Kitchens, Hospital &c with Capt. Scholes. Storm of rain commencing.

Citation: January 8, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“Official Bulletin”, “News From the South” and “From Cincinnati”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – January 6, 1865

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother regarding skirmishes and accuracy of artillery – January 5, 1865

Monday, January 5th, 2015

A letter from Thomas Christie stationed in Savannah, Geoigia, to his brother Alexander Christie, telling of his Infantry company’s recent skirmishes with the Rebels and the accuracy of the Union artillery.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Savannah, Ga.
Jan. 5th 1865
My dear Sandy:
[…] When we passed through the line of Rebel forts on our way to the city on the morning of the 21st we had a good chance to see the effect of our shots. Their embrasures were completely torn to pieces, & two of their guns had been dismounted by our Rodmans. I don’t think you have much idea of the terrible accuracy of our kind of guns, which the Rebels confess they dread far more than any other kind; Probably you think your rifle is pretty good at shooting, but what would you say to see a two foot square target in the shape of an embrasure, hit twice out of three times at a mile distance. This we have done repeatedly, and we have never failed yet to have the last shot with either Batteries or sharpshooters. […]
Th. D. Christie

See entire letter here: 1865-01-05_Christie_combined

Citation:  January 5, 1865.. Letter from Thomas Christie to brother Alexander. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Letters Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box B]

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