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, 1865Saturday, 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.
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. […]
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]