Christopher served in Company E. 36th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War.
He was a resident of Bristol, Kendall County, IL., a single 24 year old farmer. He enlisted Aug 20, 1861 in Bristol, for 3 years service and was mustered in at Aurora, IL. He was described as 5' 5-1/2" tall with brown hair, blue eyes, and light complexion. He reenlisted as a "Veteran Volunteer" on Jan 1, 1864 and was mustered in at Chattanooga, TN. on Jan 25, 1864 for an additional 3 years service. He was mustered out as Corporal, after the end of the war, at New Orleans, LA. on Oct 8, 1865.
During his service the regiment took part in the Battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and Sherman's Norther Georgia Campaign resulting in the Fall of Atlanta. They pursued Hood's Rebel Army north and were in the Battles of Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville. In all the regiment had 700 men killed and wounded during the war.
On March 7, 1887 Christopher received an Army Invalid Pension for his service in the Civil War, and following his death, his wife Eliz V. Baker, beginning on Aug 8, 1900.
When Christopher died on July 27, 1900 in Cook Co., IL., his death certificate stated he was a 63 year old married carpenter residing at 248 Belmont Ave. Chicago, born in Whiting, VT in 1837 and was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery on July 27, 1900.
In 1902 a government headstone was shipped to Rose Hill Cemetery to mark his grave as a Civil War Veteran.
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