The Story of Catherine Ellen Rebecca Evangeline Haven III


Dear journal,

My name is Catherine Ellen Rebecca Evangeline Haven III, but most just call me Catherine. My mother is Jacqueline Lucretia Haven, and my father is William Haven. I have a sister, Grace, and two brothers, Jasper and William. My parents and I see nothing wrong with Southern way of life, and we are nice to our slaves. We have about 150 of them on our plantation near Charleston. However, my brothers believe the silly things the Union is saying about how we live, and they want to free all our slaves. They ran away to join the Union army, and let me tell you, our parents are fit to be tied! I just hope that they see sense eventually.I am 15, and also work for the Confederacy as a spy. I am quite the successful spy, and right now I am posing as a maid in General Ulysses S. Grant's army camp. My code name is Fiona Amerenth, and I'm from France. I have found nothing of interest so far, but I'm sure that will change.

Civil War Slang Conversation

Leo: Hi, Fiona! Did you see those greyback scouts we found yesterday? They skedaddled so fast, it was like they got shot out of a cannon!

Fiona: Hi, old possum! It was funny. When we found them, they looked like they’d been through the mill!

Leo: They definitely weren’t fit as a fiddle, that’s for sure. Well, I’ve been through the mill today. Lots of fighting and bloodshed. If I don't get back to the skunks in time, they'll be fit to be tied. Bye!

Journal Entry #2

I am in trouble. My brother Jasper has been posted at the General's army camp! I don't know what I'm going to do. This is by far the best place for gathering intelligence, and I don't want to lose the opportunity. I could find something to help the Confederates win the war. On the other hand, I run a huge risk of being recognized if I do stay. And since I'm in camp full of soldiers, it would be hard to escape if I had to. At least it is only one brother. If William was here too, I would be doomed. Run or stay? I must think on it.

Journal Entry #3

As a spy, I have been in many places during the war, to find information. I was Gabrielle Leevith, Union nurse, Corporal Nathan Teven of the 13th Company, orphan Terra Wisp, bringing food to my "brother"(an accomplice). I've even been a double agent, feeding the Union false information under the name Winter Terca. But of all I've seen, the army camps are the worst places to be. Most of the Union camps I have been to have rings of tents around a water station, with a place to get food. The soldiers have many chores to do, such as cleaning their tents/cabins, guarding the camp, fetching water, washing clothes, and maintaining their guns. They have drills to practice for battle every day.  Punishments range from being forced to stand all day with a sign saying what you did to deserve punishment, to being hanged for deserting. There was also the stockades. Today, one of the other maids almost found you! It was so close. She was looking for a book I said she could borrow and almost picked you up. Luckily, I distracted her. I must be more careful if I am going to succeed in my mission to get information for the Confederacy.

Jasper hasn't seen me yet.

Photo Prompt- Color

Civil War Bayonet

"Musket with Bayonet Civil War." The Price of Freedom: American History. N.p.,
n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. <https://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tackk.com/mio/
29560034/13983461266994/large.jpg>.

Interview with Jeremiah Handley

Catherine: Jeremiah, when you chose to become a drummer instead of sneaking away with the army, what caused you to make that choice?

Jeremiah: Well, I believed that I could help the army a lot more by being a drummer instead of sneaking around and hiding. Also, I wouldn't have the threat of punishment if found out hanging over my head.

C: Looking back, is there something you would be proud or happy about in your life?

J: By becoming a drummer, I helped the army to stay together and focused, and I'm proud I could help my country fight this war.

C: What is one thing about your life you wish had been different?

J: I wish I could see my mother again. What if she dies of illness before my brother and I come home, or we get killed in battle? I miss her and have no way of knowing how she is.

C: Do you ever think you will see your brother again?

J: I hope so. But since we are in different places of the army, I don't know what's happened to him. Maybe one day we will be reunited, though whether it will be on this Earth or not I not know.....

End of Interview

Photo Prompt: Morning

Journal Entry #5

I have decided to stay, if only for a little while. My brother is having a meeting with the General and so I have to stay out of sight. I was bored, so I wrote a marching song for the Confederates. When we win the war, I'll go back and show it to my parents. I believe they will enjoy it.

[They can run/but they can't hide][all the Union soldiers/ we will find][They'll be fighting in the heat of battle/and they'll hear this Confederate rattle]

Chorus:[Confederate soldiers/proud in gray][we are marching/all the way][Our cause is just/our cause is great][we are marching/all the way]

[We'll strike fear/ into their hearts][and cut them into/equal parts][You won't see/our attack coming][but all your soldiers/we'll be muming]

Chorus

[When they run/from our great glory][the scene will/ be very gory][we'll shoot them down/one by one][It will be/so so much fun]

Chorus

[Forever taking/ the Yanks down][We'll be marching/ all around][They can run/but they can't hide][from the fury/we've got inside]

Chorus

Journal Entry #6

Bored again. Usually, when I'm bored and there's nothing I can spy on going on, I'll challenge the men to card games. Sometimes, if I get them drunk enough, they'll tell me classified information. It's worked a couple times before, but these men are very careful. Maybe if I can get some of that Confederate wine they all like but can't admit they do and can't get, I can get some serious information. And get them in trouble. Perfect. The food is still awful and getting worse by the day. Luckily for me, I am a maid for the General of the Union Army, and therefore get better food. Like actual fresh fruits and vegetables. And delicious cornbread. It reminds me of home.

Recipe for delicious cornbread

  • cup butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Photo Prompt- Fun

Journal Entry #7

I had a close one today. One of the officers, Colonel Antony Tembur, had me go give a message to my brother! I did my French accent and kept my head down. It looked like I was being respectful but really I was hiding my face. I handed him the message and said "Here iz a mezzaje from Colonel Tembur." He just said thank you. I got out of there as fast as possible.

Journal Entry #8

one and a half years later....

Home at last. It is strange to be here, back in New Orleans. The house is still here, completely untouched. Unfortunately, our side has been defeated and the Confederacy has fallen. We are no longer allowed to have slaves! It's ridiculous, really. Blacks are inferior to whites. That's the way it is. We will now have thousands of useless people roaming the streets, unable to do anything for themselves. Brilliant job, President Lincoln. My parents say we will most likely move back to London, since we refuse to live under the rule of Republican abolitionists. William and Jasper are both still alive, but they never did see sense and are staying in the North. I will miss them most terribly, but they chose the other side and that is it. This will probably be the last entry I write before we go back to London. I am just happy I was able to do my part by spying for my true country, the Confederate States of America.

Photo Prompt: Home

Civil War House." Monaro Pioneers. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.
<http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/data/13030/zm/ft8779p1zm/figures/

ft8779p1zm_00006.gif>.

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