1st journal entry
Hello, My name is Sarah Smith and I am a Union spy.
I am from Palatine, Illinois. I own a farm with my husband and twin children, Charles and Elisabeth (8). We own cattle and grow crops. I communicate with the army by leaving signals. For example,if I hear that the confederates are heading towards their camp, I leave up 4 white sheets, meaning camp. I also secretly pass notes to other soldiers to give them information. Things like guns and ammo are delivered to me to pass on to the army.
2nd journal entry
anonymous soldier: Help! These hornets keeps on hitting us! I’m gonna skedaddle!
*Soldier retreats to forest*
Other soldier (1): This morning I got a hard case of quick step, but these greybacks are even worse than that!!!
Soldier (2): I think if we could move around those Sunday Soldiers, we can defeat them with our Arkansas Toothpicks!
Soldier(1): Bully! They’ll be whipped in no time!
Soldier(2): They have a scarce as hens teeth chance at beating us!
Soldier(1): A fellow possum has been hit! Call for some sawbones!
Soldier(2): I’ll get one in a jiffy!
3rd journal entry
I have been ordered to relocate near the Union camps. So I can be a lookout for the greybacks. If I get a sign of them coming near, I'll let the troops know so they're ready to battle. I hope to be home soon, but the army needs me. We have a big barricade to hold the Confederates back while we fire at them. Every morning I wake up and help make a breakfast for everyone. Next, I set up a watching post so I know everything that goes on in and around the camp. I'll try to be home soon.
4th journal entry
Interview with Jeremiah
When creating our story we read pages 1, 2, 3, and 5.
Your job is to interview the fictional character of Jeremiah Handley and
write out the answers as you believe he would have given them.
Make sure to include information or ideas drawn from your analysis of
primary sources. Cite the source material as your teacher directs.
Interview question 1
Jeremiah, when you chose to join the union army,
what caused you to make that choice?
Jeremiah: I joined because that's what I believed was right.
What are your views on slavery?
Jeremiah: I believe slavery is wrong. They are people too, the color of their skin doesn't change that.
If you were to meet your brother in battle, would you kill him?
Jeremiah: Probably not, I'd act as if I didn't see him.
How did you feel when your mother died?
Jeremiah: I felt that my life was falling apart, but I knew I had to stay strong.
Journal entry 5
(To the tune of "What makes you beautiful")
We all line up,
In four long rows,
Our guns are loaded and ready battle,
The carvery are all on their sattles.
Nobody knows who'll win or lose.
Everyone else can see it coming,
Everyone else but the confederates,
Were gonna take gonna take your slaves away and free them all,
This should have been over so many years ago.
Camp life isn't fun one bit. But sometimes we do get a little free time. Camp gets really boring, and the soldiers need something to do. Some people might gamble over cock fights, some might enjoy writing letters, but my personal favorite is playing baseball. Some of the men say that its a mans sport but I sure shut them up when I scored 3 home runs. The food we have to eat is pretty foul, though if i had to choose a favorite, I'd probably choose corn bread. Although it may have a little mold inside, I'd rather eat that than hard tack, that's infested with creepy crawlers, probably my biggest fear. So we have cornmeal, flour, sugar and water. We mix it together and bake it. Out here at camp is pretty terrible, we do get a little joy here and there.
Journal entry 7
I've seen many wounded and ill. It's horrid. Many men have diarrhea, chicken pox, measles and malaria.
8th journal entry