At the end of the 4th Missouri's term in August, 1861, Christian and many of the men of the 4th Missouri transferred to the 17th Missouri that was being organized by the St. Louis Turners, a German -American athletic society . The 17th Missouri was also composed almost exclusively of German-Americans and together with the 3rd and 12th Missouri was known as the German Brigade. Christian was promoted to Sergeant in 1863 and served with the 17th Missouri until September, 1864 when the regiment was mustered out at the end of its three year term. Christian was slightly wounded in the right leg during the assault on Ringgold Gap after the victory at Chattannoga and severely wounded in the chest during the Atlanta Campaign near Ezra Church.
Christian returned to St. Louis after recovering in the Union Hospital at Marietta, Georgia. Christian was partially disabled by his wounds and was unable to undertake any form of strenuous labor. He worked for the Wiggins Ferry Company in various capacities and was active in the GAR until his death in 1898. Christian was survived by his wife and four adult children. Samuel, Christian's eldest son became the Superintendent of the River Division of the Wiggins Ferry Company and his descendants continue to reside in the St. Louis area.
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