Civil War Journal

By: Braxton Hackleman (Michael Hendrickson)

Journal Entry One

It is October of 1862. My name is Braxton Hackleman, and I am a Confederate Soldier. I was born in Charleston S.C in 1837, I have lived there from that point on in time. I married at age twenty, and have had two kids since. My wife's name is Martha, and my kids names are Luke and Ruth. I am the owner of a successful shipping business that specializes in shipping cotton. If the north wins the war, slavery will be abolished, and my business will go underground. I must fight for the south and myself and win this war.

Journal Entry Two

Braxton: Hey possum I’m played out, I just toed the mark.

John: Me too, I just been through the mill training the fresh fish.

Braxton: Those Sunday soldiers, ain’t they a hard case.

John: Ya, I had to have the joy juice to get through the day.

Braxton: Can I have some of that joy juice out here it’s as scarce as hen's teeth.

John: You’re going to have to give me a whipping to get some of my joy juice.

Braxton: O come on possum, I have got a pepperbox in my right hand, and a Arkansas toothpick in my left. So gimme some of that joy juice or you know whats gonna happen.

John: Fine I will give you some of my joy juice for some of your goobers.

Braxton: Deal, I don’t like any of those goobers anyway.

John: That will be nice, that will fill both of our bread baskets.

Journal Entry Three

Dear Martha,

Currently I'm camping in Richmond, Virginia. I have been camping here for one month. After a while, life at camp can get boring, and hard. All we do for most of the time is drill, drill, drill. For when we are not drilling, we are doing backbreaking chores that make make my muscles sore. Some of the other soldiers at camp have been punished for things like drinking alcohol, and talking back to soldiers of higher ranking. The soldiers that get punished sometimes wear a barrel as a shirt, and other times wear a sign that states that they are a thief. Other times for more serious offensives they can get tied up in an uncomfortable position in public, they do this to embarrass the offenders. I have never and do not intend to ever break the rules and conducts of the C.S.A Army.



Photo Prompt, "What would a soldier see that is in color?"

A soldier at camp could have seen grass and the tree line in the distsance.

(My picture)

Photo Prompt, "Morning"

Often times in the morning there is dew on the ground. #Morning #Dew Drop

"Dew." Dew. Dew, 2014. Web. 6 May 2014. <>.

Journal Entry Four
Jeremiah Handley Interview

Names: Michael Hendrickson, Edwin Vega, Alec Oaker

When creating our story we read pages 1,2,3,5,10,17

Interview Question One:

Q: Jeremiah, when you chose to stay home with your mother, what caused you to make that choice?

A: When I choose to stay home with my mother, I was thinking that if I left her, her health would get worse and perhaps she would even die. I was correct, I needed to work hard to try to regain her health back to normal. If had not been there, she would have died fairly quickly. However, nothing worked and she die two years later.

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

A: I am proud that I did not join the Confederate Army with my brother. At the time when my brother left to fight for the war, my opinion towards the war had not been fully developed. I would have been fighting based on my father's opinion, not mine. Over the two years that I stayed at home caring for my mother, I saw the cruelty of slavery and completely developed my opinion on the war.

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

A: Sometimes I wish I could have convinced my brother to stay with me to help care for my mother. I was very close to my brother despite our age difference, now he is gone, most likely gone forever. If I had gotten him to stay home with me, perhaps my mother would still be alive. Also, he too could have seen the cruelty of slavery, and change his opinion on the war. For all I know, we could be fighting side by side in the war for the Union.

Q: Jeremiah, do you think you will you ever know what happened to your brother?

A: I doubt that I will ever see my brother again. Perhaps, he will come back to our home in Kentucky, but I will not. I know there is nothing to go back to, however he does not. After the war, I will most likely move to a big city and start my adult life there. I am considering Chicago, New York, and Cincinnati. The idea that my brother James will move to the same city as me, and that we will run into each other and recognize each other would be a miracle.

Journal Entry Five (Song)

Union's soldiers point of view

They don't deserve a chance

They don't deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

Let's crush the rebs

Let's kill the rebs

Let's stab the rebs

Lets end the rebs

They don't deserve a chance

They don't deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

The blue is victorious

While the grey lies in the mud

Kill them cowards

Kill them traitors

They don't deserve a chance

They don't deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

Load your rifles

Aim at the gray

Load your rifles

Aim at they gray

They don't deserve a chance

They don't deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

We do deserve a chance

Soon they will be held at will

The war is almost over

I'm sure it is

I'm sure it is

Photo Prompt (Before the Battle)

Before a battle you might march past the artilery equipment.

"Siege Artillery in the American Civil War." Wikipedia. Wikiipedia, 2013. Web.
12 May 2014. <>.

Journal Entry Six

Dear Michael,

Here at camp in the wintertime we do many things to entertain ourselves. Due to the fact that the ground is icy, we can not do our usual drills. Instead we do things like gambling and betting. I even saw a group of people gambling on what looked like a lice race. Sometimes at the camp soldiers get very bored. To add on the the boredom, the food is repulsive. The meat is extremely salty, the bread or hardtack has worms in it, and there are leaves in the vegetable squares that they distribute. However sometimes, I get so hungry that I look forword to the meals.

The Ingredients and Procedure of Making Salty Meat

1. Find a cow and kill it.

2. Skin the cow and remove the bones.

3. Cut up the cow meat.

4. Throw the chunks of cow meat in warm salty water.

5. Let the meat sit for 1-3 weeks, or until the meat is very moldy.

6. Remove the meat from the water and distribute the meat to the soldiers raw.



Journal Entry Number Seven

Dear Martha,

Up in the Confederate camps, there are so many illness that people are dropping like flies. I have gotten diarrhea myself three times. Both of my friends  have got the typhoid fever, and one of them has already died. It was very hard on my other friend who has known him since he was a very young lad. I even heard a rumor that one fellow died of the pinkeye. I don't believe it! The treatments that they are giving to the soldiers are doing more harm than help. They are giving ammonia to some sick soldiers, how can that help? The doctors also make the patient bleed and sweat for some sicknesses. In my opinion, the doctors are overdosing the patients. Currently at camp, I am more cautious and careful than I would be in battle. I do this because I have a better chance of dying here than in battle.



Photo Prompt (Fun)

A fun thing to do in the Civil War would be to just hang out with friends.

"National Park Service and Vollenteers Portryaying Camp Living Conditions."
National Park Service. National Park Service, 2014. Web. 13 May 2014.


Journal Entry Number Eight (Letter Home)

Dear Martha,

My regiment is heading home today. It has been a long war, I have fought for the rebels for three years. Now I regret signing for the Confederates. I should have stayed at home and ran my business for three years. We lost despite the fact that I joined the war. Not only have I left with defeat, but I have also left with scars of young men dying. Young men no younger than Luke. It is a shame that they had to die in vain. Hundreds of thousands of men still would still die in vain no matter which side won. I should be glad that I have not died as well. It was especially heartbreaking when you are leading such fine men into battle as a captain knowing that some of them will not return. I am glad I am coming home no matter what it costs me. My business may fail but at least I am out of the war. I'll see you at home.



Photo Prompt (Home)

This is my home in Charleston S.C. I am a successful businessman.

Choctaw chief Greenwood LeFlore's plantation home. Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 2014.

Web. 14 May 2014. <>.

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