My Civil War Journal

By: Francesca Giancola


Name: Francesca Giancola

I am going to be a Nurse on the Union side.

4/16/1862  All about me


My name is Catherine Bell. I am 26 years old. My husband, my twin boy and girl, and I live in Boston, Massachusetts. My children are 7 years old. My husband, James Bell, is fighting in the war as apart of the Union. I am going to be a nurse helping to keep soldiers in the Union healthy and alive. When James and I aren't home, the kids stay in Boston with my parents. My Husband and I have very strong opinion against racism and slavery. Beau, my dog, comes with me everywhere. He keeps me company and makes my happy when times are rough.

Conversation entry

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

Entry #3

Dear Mom and Dad,

So far being a nurse is pretty easy. There have not been many wounded soldiers come in yet. Mostly just soldiers with the common cold or in need of a band-aid. I see many soldiers though. Since there isn't much going on fighting wise, they made me an adviser. I am supposed to go around and make sure the soldiers are not acting out and that they are getting to where they need to go on time. Man are the Generals tough on them. The worst punishment I've seen so far is bucking and gagging. The soldiers are  trapped in this awful position. Many of them end up coming to the hospital afterward for ice packs. How are things at home? Are the kids alright? I hope I can come back and visit soon! love you

Love, Catherine Bell Union Nurse   

Here's the Tuff Tent where I stay

Interview with Jeremiah  #4

Names: Emiliano, Kunaal

When creating our story we read pages 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 17

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 stay home and help your mother,
what caused you to make that choice?

I chose to stay home and help my mother get better because I care for her well being. I knew that my brother was going to go to war no matter what but I couldn't just let my mother die alone.

Interview question 2

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

Looking back, I am happy that I chose to join the Union because I know that slavery is wrong. I am glad that I fought for the Union because I was standing up for what I believe in.

Interview question 3

Jeremiah, what is one thing about your life you wish had been different?
If I had to go back and change one thing I would not go into battle. Instead, I would travel into the South to hep divide the Confederacy. If I had traveled South I would not be so badly wounded.

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

Jeremiah, will you ever find out about what happened to your brother?
Unfortunately, probably not. Chances are that he did not make it in the war.  I will still search for him, and I have been talking to Generals and other people that fought with him. So far no one knows but I'm not quitting anytime soon.

Taking Beau on his morning walk

Song: Best of both worlds

Workin Hard every day, Savin lives just doin my job

When you're a nurse it can be kinda fun, But with my kids back at home its hard

A lot of time I get really  scared, Savin lives in the war is tough

I get the Best of Both world, I got two kids back home, but out here on my own, and my hubby down in the warrrr.One Of the first battles.

4/24  My fun time

During My free time I like to play cards with some patients and other nurses. The most common games that we lay are blackjack and go fish. One game that I love to play is dominoes. Food here isn't very good, but we make do. My favorite is the cornbread. Except I don't like it when its hard and crunchy. I like it whens its soft. If I had the option I'd eat Cornbread every day. It's better then the salt beef for bugs.

Just playing cards with other nurses.

4/25   Life as a nurse in the Civil War

The horror. Being a nurse is horrifying, the injuries can barely be treated. There isn't enough equipment or space. Most come in with diarrhea. For them we just hydrate them and send them back. I just recently dug out a bullet from a mans arm. There wasn't enough chloroform to give some to him, so he was awake the whole time. We are running out of water. Everything I said out the war being easy was a lie. It is something that I would wish on no one.  The war won't last forever, I'll be home soon, Love Catherine

4/28 Journey Home

I drove home with Susanne and her husband and on the way we picked up James. I can't wait to send time with them again. It's Great to be back at home. Ever night I still have nightmares about the wounded, James too. The kids help a lot. They've grown so big. We missed them so much, my parents too. Hopefully there is no war anytime soon and I hope I never have to set foot in a hospital ever again. I don't think I could ever do what I've done. Happy to be home.

Works Cited

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“Nurses.” Civil War Soldiers. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. <http://nz-nurses-poster.fullsize.jpg>.

“super stock.” super stock. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. <>.

“Tuff Tent.” google. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. <>.

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