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    [St. Louis Arsenal]. William G. Christie Autograph Letter Signed. Eight pages, 4.75" x 7.75", St. Louis, January 30, 1862. Writing to his brother, Christie, a private in the 1st Minnesota Light Artillery, describes the arsenal located at St. Louis which, before the war, had the largest collection of muskets and rifles in any of the slave states and the third largest munitions factory in the country. He writes: "The Arsenal grounds are about one half mile in length, about a quarter of a mile in the upper end...its well timbered...Down close by the River there is a large store house. above that and west of this there is a space of ground on which stands a great number or guns, cariages [sic]...caissons, and all things in connection with field artilery (Light) On each end facing to the River...are dwelling houses for the officers...In one of these houses lives Cernell [sic] Callender, he is the commander of the Port and Chief [sic] of the Ordinance department...But more to your taste will be the machine and Blacksmith shops...they have five fires going night and day...blown by Blast instead of bellows..." Upon entering the structure, Christie finds men and boys hard at work making wagon parts and ammunition. He describes the production of shot in great detail. This is a fascinating letter packed with information. Aside from the usual folds and light, overall toning, the letter is in fine condition.

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