My Civil War Journal

Charles Smith

Post #1 - Who Are You

I am Charles Smith, a Captain in the Union army. I joined the army at age 18 as a Private. I grew up in a house on the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois, with two older brothers named George and Shaun. Shaun died in front of my eyes when we both ran into battle. At home, I attend military meetings, and own a business that provides transportation to the citizens of the city. In my free time, I spend my time with my family and friends. I enjoy physical activities, mainly sports. I am married, and have two young children, Mason (27 months) and Jacob (11 months). I sided with the Union because I strongly disagree with slavery and think that it should be completely stopped. I also think that southern states should not be allowed to have whatever laws they want, especially if they contradict federal laws. The only way the country will be a world power is if both the north and south unite, and stay united. The south needs the north for their industries and population, while the north needs the south for their agricultural exports and land.

Post #2 - Civil War Slang Conversation

Francesca: “Hey Fresh fish, go get me some goobers.”

Alex: go skedaddle, I’m top rail #1

Shivam: “Man, I’m all played out from dodging these hornets”

Alejandro: “I’m calling your bluff, possum.”

Peach: “You sure look like you have been through the mill.”

Shivam: It was hard case for sure

Alex: I hear the war is to end soon

Francesca: Ain’t that a hunkey Dorey.”

Alejandro: I’ve been hard knocked up. I gotta go hit the sheets

Peach: I’ll see yall at war tomorrow morning

Post #3 - Camp

Dear George,

Camp is horrible. It is in the middle of nowhere, and there is no urban area nearby. There are always animals making noise at night, since it is in the middle of the woods. I'm lucky I stay in a hut in an inner row. I heard that one person got killed by a bear, and he lived on the outer edges. The plan of having all of the huts and tents in rows (like a rectangle) is a good one, since it keeps all the people organized and easy to find, while at the same time it minimizes the amount of space we use meaning less people are exposed to the woods. The days here at camp are horrible. Out of all the hours of daylight, all are used in drill (training the lower levels) except for three. And even most of those are used for eating and doing other tasks for our higher-ups. We don't get much sleep at night either because of all the animals. We wake up to the penetrating tone of a trumpet, get ready for drill and eat if there is any food (I have to sacrifice mine to make sure my regiment has enough). After the first drill session, we take a break for lunch, and go back to drill. After that, we are done drilling for the day and are dismissed to dinner. Finally, after that, we have the opportunity to have free time if our higher-ups don't have orders for us, or if we don't have war meetings. In our free time, we just huddle around the fire and either talk or play easy games. Some days we have someone on guard duty. Other chores for Privates are cleaning out the fireplace, sweeping the the floor, delivering messages and papers, and other simple things like that. If they misbehaved or were doing something we weren't supposed to, they would get punished, some severe, some simple. Some were as simple as being ridiculed or chastised in front of the entire camp, others as complex as being hung in front of all the soldiers. Punishments for Captains usually didn't leak out to the rest of the camp, but it would still be severe, like being executed or put on probation, depending on the severity of the wrongful action. But one thing was common, it was horrible to get punished.

I took this picture because whenever I see this group of soldiers playing cards, they always play with blue cards. It's also always a sunny day.

Post #4 - Story

Interview Question 1

Jeremiah, when you chose to leave your mother and join your brother to enlist for the army,
what caused you to make that choice?

He wanted to help the south win the war. He agreed with their philosophies. He also thought that he couldn't do a good job on the farm, which he would have to if he weren't to leave.


Interview question 2

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

He was proud of himself for being brave enough to enlist for the army even though he was 3 years too young. Also, he is proud since he got this far into the army. He is also proud since he hasn't gotten caught yet.  



Interview question 3

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

I wish that I didn't need to leave my mother. That I could have stayed with her and helped her through tough times. When she needed my help, I let her down and was selfish.



Interview question 4 (Look back at the italicized section at your "ending")

Ask a question that makes Jeremiah talk about one of the issues brought up at the end of the story you chose to create.

Jeremiah, why didn't you go marching with your brother instead of boarding the train?

I already had enough luck that I got this far without being caught. I don't want to push my luck and risk being caught. Doing what we are supposed to is better than being caught. Yes, I do want to stay with my brother, but it's not worth being severely punished for. And it's not like I can't live without him.

I took this picture of a foggy sunrise because this was the highlight of my day, since the sight was breathtaking and photogenic.  

Post #5   Civil War Song

I see them marching

I see them marching

General!, general!, I see them marching!

They're coming on horses with cannons too

Across the railroads and valleys

Awaken, awaken, because I...

I see them marching

I see them marching

General!, general!, I see them marching!

They're coming on horses with cannons too

Across the railroads and valleys

Awaken, awaken, because I...

Get ready, get ready, get your guns ready!

Because I see them marching

I see them marching

I see them marching

General!, general!, I see them marching!

They're coming on horses with cannons too

Across the railroads and valleys

Awaken, awaken, because I...

et ready, get ready, get your guns ready!

Because I see them marching

I see them marching

I see them marching

General!, general!, I see them marching!

They're coming on horses with cannons too

Across the railroads and valleys

Awaken, awaken, because I...

Get ready, get ready, get your guns ready!

Because I see them marching

Post #6 - Pastimes

Passing time at camp was not easy. There were not many things that we could do. But people still made it work and had fun despite the conditions. Personally, I never had a favorite pastime, but I did do different things that please me. I enjoyed walking around camp and saying "hi" to my friends when the weather was relatively nice. I also enjoyed playing cards. Gambling and quick action packed games, to be specific. I like to hear people stories when we are all gathered around the campfire. Everyone has something interesting and it is relatively fun to hear, especially with a comforting campfire to warm everybody's moods.   

I took this picture because this was often how the setting and scene was when we were gathered around a campfire sharing stories. I enjoyed this pastime very much because it was a time when everyone could tell all kinds of different stories that was enjoyed by almost all of the people at camp.

Post #7 - Illness and Injury

Instead of saying that most of the people at camp have some kind of disease, infection, or injury, I'm just gonna say that the entire camp has them. Recently, I have stopped taking my walks and exploring the camp because there are so many makeshift hospitals, which is depressing, and well, disease is in the air. I am one of the few soldiers yet to be affected, along with my cabin mates. I have seen many soldiers without limbs, assuming they had to get them amputated from either wounds or infections. Many soldiers have also gotten diseases from the lack of hygiene and cleanliness. We don't have money or the science to have medications to cure these issues, as well as proper techniques to heal injuries, as well as keep good hygiene. And if the doctors and surgeon know any proper techniques, they don't use them. They look for the quick way, like simply taking a bullet out of flesh without proper tools, which leaves the door open for wounds and injuries to get worse and maybe even infected. This is a big reason why so many people are disabled and the illnesses and infections spread so fast. If it were up to me and if we had enough money, I would fire these doctors and hire new ones that do the job right. I would also hire more than we have now because there are too many people and not enough doctors, so it takes a while until everyone is treated after battles.

I took this photo because it was the most recent battle I was a part of. Luckily, we won, but we did lose many of our men and horses, which is a loss in itself. But in war, death is inevitable.

Post #8 - Home

I finally returned home. Away from all the death and misery. It was a dream come true. In the end, the only good part about the war was that we won. All that sacrificing was used for a good purpose after all. Once I saw my family, I couldn't keep my emotions under control. I was so happy to see my wife and my kids. I could barely recognize Mason and Jacob. They have grown up so much, which makes me realize just how long I have really been away from home. It breaks my heart that I had to leave my family. At least nothing bad happened, while other families lost their loved ones during the war. It'll take some getting used to, living the normal life and all. But victory does taste sweet, and I will remember every part of this war, forever, because it really helped me define who I really am.  

This house reminds me of home because this is the only house I have ever known. I grew up in this house ever since I was born. It will forever stay in my memories. It will forever stand.

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