• Painting of Union cannons firing

    Stones River

    National Battlefield Tennessee

The Drums of War

Christian Nix's Sergeant's Commission in the Sixth Wisconsin Infantry
Shortly after his marriage, Christian joined the Sixth Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers as a Third Sergeant. His Certificate of Commission from July 16, 1861 describes his terms and states that he is to serve for three years. He left his new wife to fight for his adopted country.
 
Last Will and Testament of Christian Nix
Christian made up his Last Will and Testament on June 15, 1861. He leaves his estate interests, including his “one story frame building” in the Ninth Ward of the city of Milwaukee, to his wife.
 
Letter written by Christian Nix to his wife, Maria.

Click on this image for a transcript of Christian's letter.

As many Civil War soldiers did, Christian kept connections with his home and family by writing letters. He wrote to his wife on October 21, 1861 from the Sixth Wisconsin’s camp in West Virginia. The letter is written in his native German.
 

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Kentuckians of the Orphan Brigade began their Confederate service in Clarksville, Tennessee. They were called orphans because their home state did not secede from the Union. More...