By Hampton Smith
In 1861, as President Lincoln known as for volunteers to shield 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 within which i've got constantly lived, to 'make a guy of myself,' and to have it to claim in days to come back that I, too, had a component during this nice struggle."As it became out, Thomas had an outstanding companion in his quest: his brother William. either signed on with the 1st Minnesota gentle Artillery, operating as "cannoneers," answerable for loading and aiming colossal weapons on the enemy. the 1st Minnesota observed motion in significant battles at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. however the adventurers additionally persevered the monotony of camp existence, the starvation of negative provide strains, and, in William's case, the demanding situations of enemy seize. The ups and downs, the doubts and thrills are acknowledged from their differing views during this number of letters to anxious mom and dad, a winsome sister, and a more youthful brother desirous to take part the struggle. Their vibrant epistles are stronger by means of the familial connection of brothers in hands who ultimately did see the world--and back domestic replaced.
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19 The town grew chaotically, with wooden buildings appearing at the whim of their owners who sometimes ignored the platted dirt streets. Mud was a perennial problem, especially in the spring and fall, and, of course, if the winter was not cold enough, the endless mud pits did not freeze over. Most houses huddled near the river, and sanitation presented a problem. The corner of State and Madison seemed far from the town center. Early residents, even Yankees, often dressed in deerskin and at times painted their faces like Native Americans.
Parmalee and Company Omnibus Line, 1855. 23 In many ways Chicago remained a frontier settlement. No public transportation existed, so many Chicagoans lived near or in the same building in which they worked. This “walking-city” meant congestion and the unintended integration of Chicago by race, ethnicity, and social class. Until the 1850s, Chicago remained very much a male city. Few institutions for the young, such as schools, existed. A more equitable gender balance grew in the 1850s as the city acquired the characteristics of a nonfrontier settlement.
The Aurora Branch in September 1850. ” Within seven years, Chicago became the center of the nation’s railroad industry. In 1855, seventeen railroad lines made their way to and from the city, including the new vital rail connection to the East Coast. The federal government gave out massive land grants to the railroads as they soon fulfilled their promise to unite the country with a national market as rail lines reached out from Chicago in every direction. Nothing succeeds like success, and soon other railroads radiated from the city.
Brother of Mine: The Civil War Letters of Thomas and William Christie by Hampton Smith