Civil War Diary

by Nancy Hart

Journal Entry #1:

Hi, my name is Nancy Hart. I have decided to make my own Civil War Diary. I am 21 years old, and I am from Kansas. I have a husband and two boys (ages 17 and 18). They are all fighting in the Civil War. Since I am always home alone, I clean up the house and worry about my husband and children while they are fighting in the war hoping they are still alive and will come back after it is over. I used to work for many hospitals but then I chose to build my own. I am now the leader of the nurses. The nurses and I have a job to take care and heal the Union soldiers with medication so they can keep fighting in the war for our country. God bless the soldiers!

(http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/tulsaworld.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/bf/abf078b5-3fe7-57ae-bc17-7bf2bf48a63b/52808ee0ee70a.preview-300.jpg ) (I found a picture of me being taken when I started my company...)

#selfie

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Journal Entry #2:

                                                                             Skit

M- Man I've been through the mill all day today. I am so played out that I need to take a quick step brb.

J- Man I need some joy juice, I am also so played out but I need to stay fit as a fiddle so I can get up tomorrow morning. See ya in a jiffy. Bully! Cheers to our victory battle. Bully!

M- Come on lets go grab a root you little possum.

J- Ya dude I’m so wallpapered I need a sawbone.

M- Man my bread basket is gettin’ big I’m gonna need to skedaddle and get to toeing the mark.

J- Hunkey dorey man. All of us fresh fish need to get hardknocked and get into routine.

M- See ya later bra.

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Journal Entry #3:

Hello mother and father,

I am doing fine. They have sent me to a camp in Kansas. I've made some friends, I've seen many soldiers get a brutal punishment for doing wrong. It is horrible, I hope to not get on their bad side. Our leaders put them in barrels, some put signs that say 'THIEF' on the soldiers. I would never want that to happen to me, it's a shame. Every day we need to wake up very early and start working on our drills. It is extremely tiring. All we do is drill and drill again, more drill and drill and drill, and finally drill. We also have to wash up for ourselves, do laundry, and polish our shoes. Work at camp is exceedingly exhausting. We barely get free time for ourselves unless they think we have worked hard enough that day. When we do, I like to walk into the woods where no one will bother me. It's soothing, it helps me concentrate. It makes me wonder why I joined to fight in the first place. It was because I wanted things to be right. Before I forget, I found a path that had beautiful tall trees. I took a photograph to show how alluring it was to me. It reminded me of Heaven. (http://trevorlift.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/fall-forest.jpg)

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Journal Entry #4:

1.) Jeremiah, when you chose to care for your mother, what caused you to make that choice?

I chose to care for my mother because she was sick and came down with a serious illness, and no one else would help her if I went to enlist into the army.

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

I am proud of staying home to care for my mother. She was one of the most important people in my life, and as much as I wanted to go, she needed me. I miss her dearly and she holds a place in my heart forever. May we always remember <3.

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

If I could wish anything, it would be for my mom to not pass away. I need her and even though she isn't physically here anymore, I know she is my guardian angel.

4.) Jeremiah, what was it like being captured by the Confederate army?

It was honestly the worst, they beat me and they tried to brainwash me in thinking everything they said was right and they tried to control me. I played their game and acted dumb and helpless. Luckily, I made it back to my hometown and got out.

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I woke up in the morning and saw the sun shining on my Bible...(http://www.sergeantsvilleumc.com/clientimages/28518/j0400301.jpg)

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Journal Entry #5:

When I wake up in the morning, I get ready to work. But I see my dirty shoes, and need to polish them first. While I clean my filthy clothes and then I hear the whistle blow. We get ready to drill, and drill, and drill, even more. And at the end of the day, we go back to the hay. Then I'll repeat once again everyday.

Life as a soldier is all hard-work. But I'll manage and I'll work so that I'll get a good rank.

So when I wake up in the morning, I get ready to work. But I see my dirty shoes, and need to polish them first. While I clean my filthy clothes and then I hear the whistle blow. We get ready to drill, and drill, and drill, even more. And at the end of the day, we go back to the hay.

Life as a soldier is the best choice I've made.

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Journal Entry #6:

Life at camp was boring. But during Winter, I got to have free time and hang out with my friends. We played cards, sharpened weapons, played with rocks or sticks, and sometimes bet on which lice would win a race on a tin plate. When we would eat crackers, there would be weevils and worms in it. Also we'd have to eat raw meat. The food was disgusting. No way I will eat the food again. But if I had to eat something, I would eat... the vegetables. This is me and my friends hanging out. Free time was the best. We could do whatever we want. (http://www.whimsicalagnesiga.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/civil-war-strategy.png)

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Journal Entry #7:

Seeing all these soldiers wounded was horrible. It made my heart lurch in pain seeing them. It was terrifying. Soldiers had gotten diarrhea, pneumonia, or gotten shot. Many had to get parts of their body amputated. A large hole would be dug and the body parts would be thrown into the hole. Nurses would use an anesthetic called chloroform over the patient's nose or mouth. But sometimes in was unavailable or not strong enough to put the patient to sleep. You could hear shrieks of pain and soldiers being held down squirming. It was dreadful. I never want to see the sight ever again... (http://www.battlesofcivilwar.com/art/civilwarbattle.jpg)

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#battle

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Journal Entry #8:

Finally the war is over. It has been 3 years since I've seen my children and my husband. I wonder what they'll think of me. Have I changed? Have they changed? I hope they still remember me, why wouldn't they? I just want them to appear right in front of me so I can hug them. Having them here is all I need. I love my family so much. I can't wait to see the rest of my family. We can now do things together. Home sweet home...

(http://enegrenbrewing.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/EBC-at-the-Civil-War.jpg)

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