Military History of Thomas D. Christie
Enlisted Nov. 4, 1861, at Winona Minn. in the First Minn. Battery of Light Artillery; Capt. Munch. Age at enlistment 18.-- Rendezvous at Fort Smelling. Ordered to St. Louis in December '61. Spent winter there -- in Benton Barracks & the U.S. Arsenal, drilling and guarding prisoners.
March 9th '62, having received our horses and six brass guns, -- four six pounder rifles & 2 twelve pounder howitzers -- ordered to join Genl. Grant on the Tennessee. Assigned to Division of Genl. Prentiss. April 6 & 7 -- Battle of Pittsburg Landing, -- lost 11 men from the Company.
April and May -- Siege of Corinth, Reduced to a 4 gun Battery by losses and sickness. Lay in garrison at Corinth during the summer of '62. Sept. 19th Battle of Luka -- Oct 3d
& 4th Battle of Corinth, lost one gun, afterward retaken. In the following two months took part in the movement by land on Vicksburg, foiled by the capture of Holly Springs with our depot of supplies, by rebel cavalry.
Jan. 1st '63 I was made Corporal. Shortly after, our Division -- the 6th; Genl. McArthur -- was sent down the Mississippi from Memphis to Lake Providence, La. where we lay all winter.
In the Spring of '63 we moved on Vicksburg, and in the siege and accompanying engagements our Battery took part with Genl. Ransom's Brigade and the rest of our corps -- the 17th, Genl. McPherson. After the capture of Vicksburg we remained in garrison there until the following Spring, having reenlisted as Veteran Volunteers in the meanwhile.
In the Spring of 1864 we were transported from Vicksburg to Cairo, thence to the Tennessee again, and marching from Clifton we joined Sherman before Kenesaw Mt. In all the actions attending the seige [sic] and capture of Atlanta we took part with our Army Corps, now commanded by Gen. F. P. Blair. I was promoted to be Sergeant of Kenesaw Mountain. After the capture of Atlanta we lay there in garrison until the advance of Hood to the north, where we took part in the campaign in pursuit of him to the Tennessee. Next came the march to the sea, & the Siege and capture of Savannah. Transported by sea to Beaufort, we marched thence through the swamps and pine woods of N. & S. Carolina to Goldsborough, taking part in the actions of Salkehatchie Swamp, the Passage of the Edisto, and the battle of Bentonsville. From Goldsborough, after a few weeks' rest we marched north after Johnston; after this surrender to Richmond, and thence to Washington, where we took part in the grand review in May 1865. In June our Battery was sent home, and we were mustered out July 1st 1865 at St. Paul, having been in service three years and eight months.
[Added at top of last page:] Hit by bullets twice, but never wounded.