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Brother of Mine
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In 1861, as President Lincoln called for volunteers to defend the Union, Thomas Christie wrote to his father, voicing desires shared by many an enlistee: “I do want to ‘see the world,’ to get out of the narrow circle in which I have always lived, to ‘make a man of myself,’ and to have it to say in days to come that I, too, had a part in this great struggle.” As it turned out, Thomas had an excellent partner in his quest: his brother William. Both signed on with the First Minnesota Light Artillery, working as “cannoneers,” responsible for loading and aiming big guns at the enemy. The First Minnesota saw action in major battles at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. But the adventurers also endured the monotony of camp life, the hunger of poor supply lines, and, in William’s case, the challenges of enemy capture. The ups and downs, the doubts and thrills are recounted from their differing perspectives in this collection of letters to worried parents, a winsome sister, and a younger brother eager to join in the fight. Their vivid epistles are enhanced by the familial connection of brothers in arms who eventually did see the world—and returned home changed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. The Collection Story
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. 1. “A Part in this Great Struggle”: October 21, 1861-March, 17, 1862
  2. pp. 25-38
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  1. 2. “The Bullets Came like Hail”: March 22-August 15, 1862
  2. pp. 39-71
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  1. 3. “Your Poor Soldier Correspondent”: September 21, 1862-April 8, 1863
  2. pp. 73-122
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  1. 4. “No Glory in It”: April 11-October 2, 1863
  2. pp. 123-171
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  1. 5. “This Dull, Idle Existence”: October 20, 1863-March 19, 1864
  2. pp. 173-212
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  1. 6. “Enough Fighting to Satify Us”: March 25-September 9, 1864
  2. pp. 213-260
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  1. 7. “We Had a Lively Time for Awhile”: September 15, 1864-May 27, 1865
  2. pp. 261-312
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 313-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-330
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