Anna's Journal


soldier selfie

Journal entry #1

Dear diary ,  

I am Anna Buckley, of Richmond Virginia. I was born in 1844 and unfortunately for me, this is the time that brother and brother are entwined into a bloody battle. I  am a nurse for the 52nd Virginia Brigade. At home I am a wife to my loving husband John. Although we have no children we live next to my twin sister Clara & her husband Bruce. Growing up, we had many slaves. I personally think enslavement is an abomination & a sin but the south is my home and I will fight for its people. May god give victory to those who are most righteous.

Photo prompt #1-color. A civilian flaunting her fashion.

Journal entry #2

(Two union soldiers on guard duty.)

T:Eh Jim do you hear them gray-backs? I bet you all the greenbacks in my pockets they are skedaddling round these parts.

J:Thomas no need to fret I've got me a pepperbox and an Arkansas tooth pick.

T:Jim do you happen to have any joy juice on ya?

J:Oh Thomas all I gots is sheet iron crackers.


Journal entry #3

Dear John,

Life at camp is no walk in the park. My camp is located near Petersburg VA. My chores include caring for the sick and treating the wounded. In the morning the soldiers wake up before the sun comes up and are forced to perform drill after drill after drill. Day after day a chaos of drills and confusion. The new general is cracking down on his men and the days of leisure are over. He believes in discipline and most of all consequence. The punishments some men face is terribly cruel and unjust. One man was forced to walk around camp in a large wooden barrel. Which looked just as humiliating as it did uncomfortable. I pity these soldiers.  I miss you uncontrollably.

Until then my love .

Photo prompt #2- Waking up to a morning, filled with surgeries and helping the injured.

Journal entry #4

Interview with Jeremiah

Names: Daniel Mounika Alyssa

When creating our story we read pages 1, 2, 3, and .

Your job is to interview the fictional character of Jeremiah Handley and

write out the answers as you believe he would have given them.

Make sure to include information or ideas drawn from your analysis of

primary sources. Cite the source material as your teacher directs.

Interview question 1

Jeremiah, when you chose to enlist in the union army ,

what caused you to make that choice?

I believed that slavery was wrong and I wanted to fight on a side that would end it.

Interview question 2

Jeremiah, looking back what is something in your life that you are proud or

happy about?

I am proud I stayed and took care of my mother to the best if my ability, because I was there for her during her sickness and I know I did everything I could.

Jeremiah, what is one thing about your life you wish had been different?

I wish that my parents had not died when I was so young. I couldn't go with my brother and enlist because my mother was sick and my father was not able to take care of her. I also wish slavery did not exist because he caused a deadly war and cost many lives.

Interview question 4 (Look back at the italicized section at your "ending")

Jeremiah, How do Jeremiah and the Union troops, some of whom are African-

American, react to slaves they meet? They help them, care for them and treat them equally. How do the hungry troops treat Southern farms? I think they will raid the farms with force and take the food and crops of the southerners. Will Jeremiah ever know what happened to his brother?

_? I think it is highly unlikely for Jeremiah to find his brother because there is no modern technology that will help them communicate and he also has no idea where his brother is.

Ask a question that makes Jeremiah talk about one of the issues brought

up at the end of the story you chose to create.

How do you think you and your brother will feel towards slavery once the war is over. Since you are both fighting to end it.

I think my brother and I will see the true terrors of this abomination and will realize how terrible it truly is.

Photo Prompt #3- For fun, I enjoy writing letters to John, watching the soldiers playing baseball with wooden planks for bats.

Journal entry# 5

Dear John,

I have a lot of down time here at camp. In between battles we like playing cards, telling yarn and sitting by the campfire.During my downtime, I like to walk the men play baseball with old cloths and wooden boards. The soldiers often get bored of their tedious routine.  Food is scarce. I am nearly starving. For the past month, all I have eaten hardtack and dried beef with maggots.

Desiccated vegetables-dehydrated,shredded vegetables packaged in a cake.

Journal entry #6

Union Marching Song

Sound the bells

the rebels are coming.

bear your muskets

bring your toughest

the rebels are coming

To the U

To the N

To the I

To the O

To the N

This land belongs to the righteous men

Battle for freedom

You will be defeated

We have power

You will cower.

Photo prompt #4 confederate soldier preparing for battle.

Journal entry #7

Dear John,

I will not be the same person when and if I return. I have seen so much in my days here, sickness, injury, starvation, suffering. These scenes I have encountered have changed my path and made me realize the good fortune I have received. Today a man died slowly of an amputation of his mid thigh. I heard his piercing screams and groans. Another lad today came into the hospital with an extreme case of diarrhea and pink eye. No wonder these men are so sick, the food they eat and the water they drink has enough bacteria to kill a whole country.

I will see you soon

Your wife, Anna

Photo prompt #5

I will most defiantly not miss the living conditions of the war. I am glad to live in a quarters where I am able to breathe.

Journal entry #8

Dear darling John

The war is over and I am coming home now. Our men fought hard but in the end it was god's plan to give this victory to the union. Either way i am just happy the fighting is over. I hate to think so many men died over a disagreement that could have been settled with words. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I am deeply ill. I believe I contracted this illness from the many days of being around the sick. I will recover soon though, my love.

Two weeks later..

Dear pre-war Anna,

Nothing is the same. Your life is anything but what you thought it would be. Now that you are home, you cant stop dreaming and replaying deaths of innocent men. I like to hope its just nightmares not PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder.) Ever since the war, life for everyone in the south has been a lot different. I have seen almost no negro slaves round' here. Only the ones who don't know nothing but slavery.  Whatever the effect this war has I think in the long run it will best for everyone to be free.

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