By Hampton Smith
In 1861, as President Lincoln referred to as for volunteers to safeguard the Union, Thomas Christie wrote to his father, voicing wishes shared via many an enlistee: "I do are looking to 'see the world,' to get out of the slim circle during which i've got consistently lived, to 'make a guy of myself,' and to have it to claim in days to return that I, too, had an element during this nice struggle."As it became out, Thomas had a good companion in his quest: his brother William. either signed on with the 1st Minnesota mild Artillery, operating as "cannoneers," chargeable for loading and aiming tremendous weapons on the enemy. the 1st Minnesota observed motion in significant battles at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. however the adventurers additionally persisted the monotony of camp lifestyles, the starvation of bad offer traces, and, in William's case, the demanding situations of enemy trap. The ups and downs, the doubts and thrills are acknowledged from their differing views during this selection of letters to frightened mom and dad, a winsome sister, and a more youthful brother desirous to take part the struggle. Their vibrant epistles are greater via the familial connection of brothers in fingers who finally did see the world--and again domestic replaced.
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