Civil war journal

By: Caylie Jenkins


Dear Journal,                                          Journal entry #1

Hi this is Susan Person, I am a 24 year old. I have a husband named Jeffrey, I love him very much. My husband and I do not agree with the idea of slavery, so Jeffery fights in the war and I help out as a nurse on the Union side. We have three kids, Dorthy is eight, Floyd is 6, and our baby Jane is 2. We do not have any family around but my best friends name is Catherine Bell.  We are very close with her family and kids so our children stay with Catherine's parents when we are not around. It is hard being away from our kids but I know I we have to do something to end slavery.

Soldier selfie

Journal entry #2


John: Thanks, possums.

Saloni: Hunky Dory!

Caylie: Here are the greenbacks!

William: Been through the mill, have ya?

John: I’m played out from all this partying.

Fiza: Lets have cake! I will cut it with Arkansas toothpick


John: I’m feeling the quick-step comin, gotta Skedaddle!

Caylie: I’m whipped, bye guys!

Dear Jeffery,                               Journal entry #3

Hi! I miss you so much. How is camp? I heard they did terrible things to you. And all you do is Drill. Are you kidding me. What are they doing to you. I just want to go back home with our children. I miss our fun family nights with Catherine, James, and their kids. Tell me if you get hurt because I am always here to help. I love you and miss you so much. Stay safe.



Dear Susan,

I don't have time to talk right now but I love you and miss you and the kids so much.  Camp and the war is terrible.

P.S. I took a picture of the camp for you!

Color Picture



Interview with Jeremiah        Journal entry #4

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 leave your mother, what caused you to make that choice?

I wanted to do something to help the South in the war. I told my mother that she will be fine with out me. Helping the confederate in the war was very important to me so I had to leave, they needed me.

Interview question 2

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

I am very proud of my self for making the decision to fight in the war. I always like helping around. Making this decision made me feel like I was very courageous and brave to do this.

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Interview question 3

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

I wish my mother had not become sick and I wish I could have been there more but we luckily I found a nurse to live with her.

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

Jeremiah, hired a nurse to stay at home with his sick mom. He fought in the war and ended up losing. When he came home he heard the terrible news his mother had died.

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

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

Journal entry #5

Dear Susan,

Camp life is pretty hard. I don't like it one bit. First of all the food is terrible and second of all I am really tired. They work us very hard. We drill, practice shooting, hiding, and much more. I miss you very much and wish we could be with me at home. I love you so much.



Morning picture

This is what I see when I wake up. I look out my tent and see the lake and the broken fence in front of the forest. It isn't that pretty but at least its something.

My song          Journal entry #6

Oh how I miss my child Dorthy

How miss my child Floyd

How I miss my little baby Jane

and my husband Jeffrey Boyd-ooood

Livin' the war is though

being a nurse is tougher

but the toughest of all is being soldier.

The poor confederate they cant stand a chance

the union is the best and that's where it stands

Because the union is here to stay  

AND TO KILL SLAVERY for once and for all

Livin' in the war is tough

being a nurse is tougher

but the toughest of all is being a soldeir

My favorite thing to do with the nurses to past time around camp was play go fish. I always won, I was so good. My favorite thing to have is tea, nice hot warm tea

Having Fun

Journal entry #7

As a nurse I have seen a lot of unforgettable injuries and diseases. It is not very pleasant dealing with these. I really do not like dealing with diarrhea. It is not a pleasant disease.  I also hate amputating their toes, hands, knees, etc. It is really tough seeing someone die and knowing you can't do anything about it.

Going home    Journal entry #8

The war has ended finally. Today I get to see my dear husband Jeffery. After we meet and pack we will grab something descent to eat and meet up with Catherine and James to drive home. We will drive down to Boston to see our children that we haven't seen in four years. It has been really terrible and hard. I cant believe it Dorthy is 12, Floyd is 10, And Baby Jane is 6. I can't believe it. When I see them I am going to give them a huge hug and kiss. Hopefully they will remember me. I get to tell them the good news that we won. Slavery is over. They will be very happy. It was a very rough four years but it was worth it. We got what we wanted. I am now glad to be home safe with my family and friends.


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