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"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." With these hesitant, well-chosen words, Civil War enlistee Thomas Christie signed off to his father on his way to war. He was joined by his brother William, both becoming part of the First Minnesota Light Artillery. As they moved from battle to battle (their unit fought at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta), they wrote home in their brief respites, sharing stories about camp life, deprivations, and the numbing experience of warfare. This collection of letters, skillfully edited by Hampton Smith, captures the story of two young men growing up too quickly. Editor's recommendation.