Civil War Journal
I am James Rahfaldt. My family is very small, all I have left alive, is my mom. We live in Chicago, Illinois, in a small brick house. I go to school every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the other days I work in a factory. I want more with my life and want to avenge my dad and my two brothers, Tom and Will. I'm 15 too young for war, but I will lie. My friend Charles is also 15, and he's fighting with the 54th Regiment of the Union. I'm going to join the same Regiment. I have enlisted.
Will: That battle, we whipped them.
James: The hornets were flying then
Will: They were fresh fish though.
James: They started to skedaddle right as the first gun shot. we got them though
will: Dem sawbones will have a tough job tonight
Wait A little bit
James: My breadbox is rumbling and I am played out
Will: Here have a sheet iron cracker
James: Yum, that hits the spot. Thanks for being my best possum you are top rail.
Will: You too
Wait a little
James: That cracker you gave me made me sick
Will: Aw shucks
I love you very dear
Camp life is very hard. We have to do drills over and over and over again. Once we did a drill for seven hours straight. One boy younger than me probably, bout 14 refused to do the drills so, as a punishment we tied him to a tree upside down for a while. My tent has to clean dishes and clean the tents of our whole regiment every night. The camp in Pennsylvania is hard to live at.
Please send pickle so I can munch on them. Love James
Interview with Jeremiah
When creating our story we read pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 13
Interview question 1
Jeremiah, when you chose to ___Go to war_____,
what caused you to make that choice?
Jeremiah: I wanted to serve with my brother and I could not run the farm because I am not a good farmer. My father said that blacks have always been a slave. I know that my Mom will need help but I'm not the one to help.
Interview question 2
Jeremiah, looking back what is something in your life that you are proud or
I am very proud of my self because I told the General the truth. I'm not sure that he really cared. It was a real confidence booster though because people my age could still help out. I sometimes miss my mum.
Interview question 3
Jeremiah, what is one thing about your life you wish had been different?
I wish that I chose to be in the rife squad instead of drummer boy I like that I told the truth, but I would of been having a better time with the army.
Interview question 4
Jeremiah, how is your mom?
She died, I miss her very much. I wish she would of wrote me before she died. She had a heart attack. "WAAAHHH!"
I sit at camp waiting for something to happen eating hardtack. My friend Charles died due to major dehydration. Lastly I have been playing cards with Will and other friends. My favorite food is regular beef. It is cooked barely but it is the best we got out here
Repeat Over and Over
Chief Cook and bottle washer
I be able to do any thing
fight the south
keep the freedom
And return to my home
Those fit to be tied greybacks
will need to be sawboned
when the hornets come flying in
A illness that I have seen a lot is dehydration. Many people including my best friend Charles have died because of it . Another illness that soldiers get is a infection. This is usually treated with amputating. A lot of people are dying cause of this war, I hope that it ends soon.
I not sure that I have one. I have a house but not a home.
Everybody that I love died.
For Will leaving the war is going home
For Me its just leaving the war
Those 4 years that I served were just days that I couldn't be will the people I love
The only home I have is the memories of the people that I loved
Cards. N.d. Photograph. wikimedia.
CivilWar. June 1864. Photograph. Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library.
Thinking Bubble. 15 Oct. 2008. Illustration.