Civil War Journal

Created by Jake Ackard

Hi my name is Bushrod. I am a Civil war soldier fighting for the union. I live in Illinois and in the Winter it is unbearably cold and money is tight. I have 1 wife and 3 children. I am serving in the Union because I am strongly against slavery. I think slavery is wrong and that everyone should be treated equal. I am ranked Colonel in the army too. My family is at home anxiously waiting for me to come home. Since I am ranked colonel there is a significant difference in the way I am treated. I get more food and a nicer place to sleep.

MOrning Picture


Civil war skit

JAKE: Well hiiiyya POSSUM!!! hows it going?!?!

MEGAN: HUNKEY DOREY

JAKE: OH MY GOODNESS MY BREAD BASKET IS EMPTY! I WONDER WHEN I SHOULD GRAB A ROOT. OR IF I CAN FIND SOME GOOBERS. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE SCARCE AS HENS TEETH!

30 MINUTES PASSES

MEGAN: WOOOWWW! those sheet iron crackers are deeeeeeeeeeeelish

oh my gawwdd!! im so wallpapered I drank to much tar water

JAKE: maybe I should drive the horse home or else you could end up a jailbird

MEEEGAAN: no I am FIT AS A FIDDLE

well im going now byee

Hi mommy! Right now I am in Illinois setting up camp. Its going pretty good, except for all of the chores and drills. There are at least 7 different drills throughout the day, and when we aren't drilling, we are doing chores. I had to write this letter late at night because that was my only free time.

Journal entry no.

Journal entry no. 6

At camp its very hard in the Winter. Although it may seem fun that we don't have most of our drills, there is a lot of stuff that is worse. During the Winter, we get very little food, but when we do, it is terrible, even the worst food becomes worse than it already was. The hardtack has bugs in it and is extremely hard. Although my favorite food had to be the cornbread, although it was always hard and moldy.

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup butter, 2/3 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Journal entry no. 7

Journal Entry No. 8 - Letter Home

       Hi ma, its been pretty hard down here for the past year. Sorry I haven't been able to write to you we were extremely busy learning strategies, making plans, doing drills, and doing chores. But at the time I am writing this it is 2:30 A.M. because this is the only time that I don't have to do anything. In the morning, we have to wake up at 6:00, then its straight to drills. We do various drills until 12:00 and then we have brunch. Then it's just strategies and chores... Hope to be back soon!

                                                               Jake Ackard


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