Civil War Journal

By: Robert Boss

                                                                         Journal Entry 1

        Hi, my name is John Buckingham I fight with the Union to stop slavery.  I used to live in New York but I'm now on the border of Illinois and Kentucky fighting for the Union.  I left family back in New York Mother, Father, 2 Brothers, 3 Sisters .  I am a normal solider for the Union.  Before I came to the border I lived on a farm and was the main source of the food and supplies.   

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                                                                         Journal entry 2

Charles : I am played out from all of that training. Let’s go grab a root.

Jon: Food here is scarce as hen’s teeth. We better skedaddle before everyone else fills up their breadbaskets before us.

Charles: I agree lets get going possum. We must eat to be fit as a fiddle.

Jon: It will cost a couple greenbacks to get extra food.

Charles : Yes but maybe we could pay extra for some goobers.

Jon: That food filled up my breadbasket. I must go quick step.

Charles: While you do that, I better go hit the sack. I'm whipped.


                                                                Journal entry 3

            Dear Family, I have been in the same camp for two months we have been on the border of Illinois and Kentucky.  We have been sleeping in small tents but we are working on huts made of logs.  We are in the middle of the the forest hidden from any enemies.  We sleep on dirt floors and have pillows made of straw and no blankets.  The punishment I had to face from starting a fight with another solider was building a hut for the injured men.  I do not get very many clothes we get a short sleeve shirt and a long sleeve shirt a pair of boots hat socks and pants but some people don't even get boots.  I wish I could come home but I still have to serve another one month here.  I'm glad that I didn't choose to volunteer for 3 years.  I live in a tent with three other men their names are William, Patty, and John we all leave in one month.  The best meal that I have had here yet is potatoes, berry's, pork chops and water.  I hope to come home uninjured soon.  

                                                                      Yours truly,

                                                                                   John Buckingham


                                                                             Journal entry 4

              When at camp there is a boring life or you can play pass time games for fun.  When I get bored at camp I either go to the shows or I go play baseball with some guys form across the camp.  At camp we have some of the most disgusting rotten food but if I had to pick a favorite it would be hardtack.  Every other food is  moldy old and rotten, hardtack is at the most a couple days old and smells bad.  I also had some other pastimes like trading with the enemy or Playing chess.  

                                        Journal entry 5

Recipe for hard tack:

butter for greasing the baking pan
5 Cups all-purpose flour
1 TB baking powder
1 TB salt
1 2/3 cups water

Pastimes during The Civil War

                                                                 Journal entry 6

Jeremiah, when you chose to __Leave your friend behind in war _______________________________,

what caused you to make that choice?

I didn't have a chance to save him he was wounded and he told me to go on without him.  I did not want to but he forced me to I still look back to that moment and think of what I could have done to save him.  Still to this day I have flashbacks about that day.  

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

happy about?

I am proud that I walked out of battle not wounded and that we won to stop most slavery in the Confederate states of America.

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

Hmm, that's a hard one but if I had to choose it would be my family's life I would choose for them to become a big farm family instead of regular city people.

                                                        Journal entry 7

Some of the ways to that soldiers died or got sick was form simple injuries to the hip or the knee but there were many other ways to get sick or die.  Many soldiers got sick form diseases in the forest

This is me on my 2nd month being a solider.

                                                             Journal entry 8

I have been in the war for about 3 months and my time is up.  I am getting on the train next week to come home.  The train only comes once a month for soldiers heading home.  We have ended up in the south for battle but most of the soldiers are heading home and are done with war.  I made some of my best friends here but not one is here today to say hi.  I had about 5 friends and 3 of them were killed in battle but my two best friends died during training in the smoke.  I still don't get why my dad would enter the war and fight against me but he was in a group that came in the night and we took out all of them.  I took the last shot and dad was the last one standing.  

These are the colors you would see as a solider.

Mornings in the civil war.

This is battle during the civil war.

My house during the civil war.

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