Hi, my name is Eli Sporleder and I am 25 years old. I am on the Union side. I live in Indiana. It is Tuesday, May 19, 1862. I live with my parents, and my sister. My brother is serving for the Union army, and he is stationed at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

Day 1

Every morning I wake up, take a shower, brush my teeth, get ready, and eat breakfast. In the afternoon, I eat lunch, swim in the crick, take a shower, and go to bed. Today I wrote to my brother and I sent food and supplies.

Day 2

I hope everything is okay brother. I heard you were deployed to Fort Sumter. I pray for you every night. I'll see you soon. I love you.

- Your brother, Eli

Day 3

This morning I woke up and sent deodorant, soap, and water to the soldiers in the war. After I made my family breakfast. Then I checked if my bother has wrote back to me. In the afternoon, I went to work, read a book, went to the store, and fed my dog.

Day 4

I just got my letter from my brother today! He said he was perfectly fine and he misses home. He also said he will be home very soon! Me and my family are very happy for the good news. He said he just won the Battle of Shiloh. But he had to watch his best friends die right in front of him.

Day 5

I think the Emancipation Proclamation was good and bad thing. I'm glad that slavery is over, but what are all of the slaves going to do when they are free? What if they go to work at our factories and undercut our wages? That isn't very fair to everyone else. I don't think that the Emancipation Proclamation was the best thing for our country. Lincoln could've done something better. This is just going to lower our wages even more. It will also make a lot of the Northerners upset.

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