Civil War Journal

Hi my name is George Ballinger and I am 18 years old. I live in Georgia and I'm a spy for the under ground railroad for the Union. I help runaway slaves safely reach the north. My father is a general for the Union. Back at home my Mother lives with my twin sisters, Sarah and Lily who are 7, and my brother Jack who is 12.    

Stephanie: Hello possum!

Aria: Lets go grab a root

Stephanie: Bully!!! What a horse sense idea!

Aria: Lets Skidaddle

Stephanie: do you have some greenbacks?

Aria: Yes

Stephanie: HUNKEY DOREY!!!

Aria: Do you got your pepper box?

Stephanie: Yes, do you got your Arkansas toothpick?

Aria: Yes I do got my Arkansas toothpick

Stephanie: Okay lets go

Aria:Lets go

Dear, Mother, Jack, Lily, and Sarah

As you know I'm a spy for the union side, I help slaves go through the underground railroad, and reach the North safely. I'm ususally always on the run so I don't get caught, but I have caught a glimpse of how regular solders are treated. They usually live in really small tents shared with 3 to 5 people. Every morning they have to do a lot of drills like marching together, ect. It looks like a lot of work! Once when a soldier forgot to put his gun on saftey, he accidentally shot one of his fronds in the leg. He got in big trouble, he had to carry 2 50 pound logs on his shoulders for a whole day, he couldn't even go to sleep. All day and all night he was walking around all the tents with 100 pounds weighing on him. I love and miss you all very much!!! I can't wait until I can see you next!!!

Love, George Ballinger

I love the greenness of the grass.

We read pages; 1,2,3,5,6,10, and 17.

1.) Jeremiah, when you chose to stay and care for your mother,

what caused you to make that choice?

I love her very much and, she has always taken care of me and now it was my turn to take care of here.

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

I was proud of myself for staying home with my mother and for standing up for what I believe in.

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

I wish that my mother didn't die.

4.) Jeremiah, do you know what happened to your brother?

I think that James, my brother, died in the war, because I never heard back from him, and also we are fighting against each other so I could have killed him as well.

I love waking up to the beautiful sun peeking out of the trees.   It's really relaxing.

1. My favorite song was Dixie because, it's a happy up-beat song and, in elementary school we had to sing that song in music class.

2.) (sung to First Time in Forever from Frozen)

The opportunity is open, so's that field

I didn't know they couldn't have appealed
Who knew they didn't even get a pay?
For years I've stayed up here in the north
Why have a country fighting back and fourth?
We've all been waiting for this special day!

There'll be only real free people
It'll be totally strange
But wow, am I so ready for this change?

'Cause for the first time in forever
There'll be music, there'll be light
For the first time in forever
I'll be dancing through the night

Don't know when that day is comiing
But hopefully someday soon
'Cause for the first time in forever
I won't feel like a loon

This is what I have to see everyday, it's really depressing. I can't wait till' it's over!

There are many illnesses that I see that go around. One of the worst, Quickstep, spreads like a wildfire. Many people get really sick and some even die from it. Other kinds of illnesses that people get is called Pink Eye, I've heard it's really painful. Usually to recover they just go to the Nurse until they get better, and they just don't do anything for the day.

Dear Jack,

I don't really live on a camp, I'm usually always on the move, But I have seen what other soldiers do for fun and I have gotten some ideas of stuff that I can do when I'm really bored and have nothing to do. Some of them are: Chess, telling some of the slaves that I help get to the north stories, at night looking at the stars is really fun, and we also like trying to make shapes out of the stars. A lot of the kids that were with complained about the lack of food and also the taste of the food. There wasn't much food provided for us, sometimes the runaway slaves brought some food from their owners house and shared it with me. Most of the time we had to find food ourselves. I know how you always used to complain about the food that you didn't like back at home, but imagine, you are starving and you haven't eaten a decent meal in a while. You are so hungry that you are forced to eat a cracker that tastes like nothing, with all kinds of bugs and insects inside of it. How does that sound? But not all of the food is that bad, don't get me wrong it's pretty bad but sometimes it does have a little taste to it. My favorite food is called: Quick Beefs, I made the recipe myself but it takes a long time to make so when I'm on the run it's not a good time to make it, usually I make it on days that I have a long time to do whatever I want. I'll teach you how to make it so you can maybe make it at home and you can try it. First, you have to find some meat (it doesn't matter what kind but, I prefer beef thats why its called quick BEEFS) Next you have to cook it over a fire, then you have to wrap it in something, like lettuce or something else of your choice. Then your ready to eat it. It's called Quick Beefs because, once your done making it then you can just eat it on the go, and it's "quick". I hope you try it! I love you so much!! I can't wait till' the next time I get to see you!!!

Love, George Ballinger

I have fun looking at the stars and making shapes out of them.

After a year and a half of helping slaves escape slavery through he underground railroad, I finally get to go home and see my family. It will be such a treat so see my sister who will now be 8 I think and my brother who will now be 13. I will also be able to see my mom again I love and miss them all so much. I also miss my dad he is a general for the union. I rarely ever get to see him because, I'm usually in the south helping slaves escape, and hes in the North, therefore I haven't seen him in a while. I miss them all so much!! I can't wait until I get back home and we can have a family meal together. Maybe we can all share some quick beefs. That would be really fun!      

The thing that I'm most looking forward to when I finally return back home is having a family dinner together.

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