Alexander Christie to his brother, David, from Fort Snelling (Feb. 16, 1865)

We are summoned from our bunks in the morning at early day light and after being allowed barely time to throw on our clothes are ordered to "fall-out" to "Roll-call." ….After "Reveille" we make a rush for the cook houses, distant about one hundred yds. where…we at last are all seated and there get our day's rations of Bakers bread; a cup of coffee and a small piece of half-cured salt beef or [ ? ] pork…. We then return to our quarters and do just what we are a mind to, untill "dinner call" when the roll is again called and we go to the cook house to get a cup of coffee and a piece of meat. Dress-parade comes off at four in the afternoon when we all fall-out, form into line on the parade-ground and go through a few maneuvers. Then comes what is called supper,—a cup of coffee, sometimes a little meat, and the remnant of our ration of bread. At half-past eight we have roll-call again, and at 9 o'clock "Taps" or lights-out.

Source: Minnesota Historical Society (

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