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CHRISTIE, John, soldier, born in New York City in 1786; died in Fort George, Canada, 22 July, 1813. He was graduated at Columbia in 1806, and studied law, but entered the army, 3 May, 1808, as first lieutenant of the 6th infantry. He became captain in February, 1809, and resigned on 15 November, 1811, but re-entered the service, and on 12 March, 1812, became lieutenant of the 13th infantry. He was wounded in the assault on Queenstown heights, 13 October, 1812, where he commanded the regular troops, and displayed great courage and skill, but was compelled, after a heroic struggle, to surrender to an overwhelming force. He was made colonel of the 23d infantry, 12 March, 1813, and inspector-general, with the rank of colonel, 18 March, 1813.
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