My Civil War Journal

by: Jane Buckley

Journal Entry 1

       My name is Jane Buckley. I live in a small house with my family in Chicago Illinois and worked as a teacher for an elementary school there. When the Civil War started I disguised myself as a boy to serve as a soldier to the Union since girls were not allowed to be in the army. I decided to pretend to be a boy and fight in the war because I was against slavery and thought it was a cruel and terrible thing and I wanted to do something about it.

Journal Entry2

M::I’m fit to be tied


M:The general confiscated my pepperbox

H: Is it because you whipped the fresh fish

M: yeah

H:anyway I’m played out from toeing the mark

M: Yeah, you seem very played out

H:my bread basket is grumbling

M:do you want to grab a root


Hardtack, the flavorless and long lasting crackers


"Hardtack Was Made to Last — Not to Taste Good." Civil War Soldiers Needed Bravery to Face the Foe, and the Food. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 May 2014. < 198042487/civil-war-soldiers-needed-bravery-to-face-the-foe-and-the-food>.

Journal Entry 3

Dear Sister,

We have set up camp in a deep forest near a river but I am not quite certain where we are. We ourselves had to pitch the tents and set up the camp. After the camp was set up we were immediately put back to work again. For the remaining part of the day and days afterward we had drills that helped us get accustomed to orders, formations and chores. Also some of the punishments for not doing what you were supposed to do and thievery are extra hours of guard duty, getting your head shaved and having to wear a sign that says thief, and buck and gag.

                                                                                              Sincerely your little sister Jane

Morning at camp


"No Title." Joyreactor. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 May 2014. < %25D1%2581%25D0%25B2%25D0%25B5%25D0%25B6%25D0%25B5%25D1%2


Journal Entry 4

Interview question 1

Jeremiah, when you chose to go with your brother and try to enlist,
what caused you to make that choice? It was for a good cause and I was sure mother would be well taken care of by our friends.

Interview question 2

Jeremiah, looking back what is something in your life that you are proud or
happy about? I was proud to take part in the war

Interview question 3
Jeremiah, what is one thing about your life you wish had been different?                               I wish our father was still here
Interview question 4 (Look back at the italicized section at your "ending")
Jeremiah, What will it be like to be in a battle involving tens of thousands of soldiers? Ask a question that makes Jeremiah talk about one of the issues brought up at the end of the story you chose to create.

probably frighting since chances of death was really high and the train I was on was going toward the battle field with all these other men that were likely to lose their lives.

Journal Entry 5

For one cause they fought

Side by side men young and old(verse 1)

All these men that were so brave,

Now have this battlefield as their grave(verse 2)

To free the lives that were enslaved

To protect their way of life(verse 3)


A pryer for those who fought so bravely may they rest in peace

To those that were saved they will remain heroes(verse 4)

We are preparing for our first battle

"Preparing for Battle during the Civil War." Battles of the Civil War. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. <>.

Journal Entry 6

Dear sister,

Camp life lately has been dreadful. There may be a lot more free time during winter but it doesn't come without a price, it's crowded and boring. All we had to do during our free time was to gamble on the most ridiculous things like which lice will get to the other side to the plate first , play card, or practically nothing. Also the food was quite terrible, we ate raw meat that salty from being preserved and we had to soak it in water for hours before we dare try to eat it and hard tack that often had worms or other things inside.

                                                                                                                                From Jane

To pass the time we played with cards.


"Deck of Union Playing Cards." The Civil War in Missouri. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2014. <>.

Journal Entry 7

In the camp many of us have caught the measles, mumps, chicken pox, typhoid fever, malaria, pneumonia or other diseases carried by mosquitoes, lice, or fleas. Most of us have dysentery or diarrhea. To treat pneumonia they rubbed burning alcohol on a sick soldiers chest, applied hot bricks, or cut his wrists, for stomach complaints doctors recommended wearing flannel body bandages or an invention known as stomach belts, and for malaria a dose of whiskey and a drug called quinine.

The house that I lived in before the war

"861-1869 near Platteville." Judicial Branch State of Colorado. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <>.

Journal Entry 8

My time serving in the war is now over and I finally get to see my family again. Though I am injured I do not regret fighting for other peoples freedom. When I got back home tears filled eyes since I never thought I would get out of the war alive and I was sure someone would figure out that I was a girl. The first few days at home it felt like I have never been here before or experienced the luxury of a good meal, a warm place to sleep, and not having to worry about the war. After a week I started to think about reenlisting, though my family thought that I was crazy but I made up my mind and reenlisted.

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