Life at home during the Civil War

Hello. My name is Joshua Hail and I am 14 years old. I live on the confederate side of the United States and I live in Mississippi. It is the week of May 18, 1863. I am currently living with my mother and my little sister at home. My father is at war and I haven't seen him in a while.

Day 1: This morning mother made us all breakfast. We had eggs and sausage, the usual. Of course ,just like every morning, I had to clean the dishes and put them away. After that I would have to go wash up and get ready for this mornings other chores. Once I get down from bathing, I have to go out to the pig pen and feed them. Once that is over with, I go over to the flowers and I water them for some nice fresh water. In the afternoon we start out with eating lunch. My sister has to do the dishes in the afternoon. After lunch I start out with going out to the cotton fields to take cotton to mother. Getting cotton is a very hard task to do. After the cotton fields, I end up taking the chickens some food for the day. The chickens are definitely my favorite part of the day. Later on that day, I have to go inside and clean up the house. Mother always has something for me to do in the house. After mother makes us dinner, I do the dishes and end up going to bed. Some of the ways I helped the war effort today was by picking cotton for clothing and feeding the pigs so they get a lot of fat on them and then we butcher them and use them for food.

Day 2: Dear Dad,

Last night was the beginning of the Siege of Vicksburg. I got news from mother that you were going to be apart of this battle and we might be able to see each other for the first time in a while. Things are getting bad here in Vicksburg. All I can here when I get closer to town are gun shots firing. I sure hope that you are doing good dad.

Love, Joshua

Day 3: Today seems like the war is calming down a bit which means I can start some of my different chores today. I started out the day with topping the tobacco and picking the tobacco worms off of plants. I then went and collected eggs from the chickens to give to mother. I ended the day with picking and stringing vegetables for drying.

Day 4: I received a letter in the mail today. My dad had written back to me. He told my family and me that he wouldn't be able to make it back home to say hello. He said that he will never make it back to see us again. He told us that he was shot and that this was goodbye to all of us. My mother and sister were devastated. Today was definitely the hardest day of my life.

Day 5: Today was the assassination of our president, Abraham Lincoln. He was one of the greatest presidents for trying to end slavery. Slavery is cruelty to mankind and it is awful. Abraham Lincoln should have been our president forever.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's theatre in Washington D.C. He was shot in the back of the head and was killed on the spot. All he wanted to do was see a stage act and he couldn't because someone didn't like his decisions as president.

Abraham Lincoln was my inspiration. He was the kind of person I wanted to be when I grew up. He was the bravest and most courageous president that the United States ever had. We need more presidents like him.  

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