Civil War Journal

By: Elizabeth Smith(Samantha Murphy)

Hi I am Elizabeth Smith, 25 years of age

Dear Journal,

April 1o, 1861

My name is Elizabeth Smith and I am 25 years of age. I grew up in a small cottage on the farm lands of Yorkville Ohio. I was born on November 3, 1836. I lived with my Mom and Dad until they past away in 1852. I still live in the cottage today with my husbaned, Charles Smith. Near my closest friend Margret Edmondson. We grew up together and have been friends ever since. How I earn a living, is being a Nurse for the Union Army. I work for them because it is great pay and I would like slavery to come to an end. This way I feel like I am apart of a world changing event. I have an older sister that has entered the war in disguise as a male Union Soldier. I am very worried for her. I also have a younger brother named Samuel. He has been drafted into the war. I do not have any childern. I had a very nice life filled with happiness and warmth.

Journal Entry 2

Samantha: Bully!!! I can't believe we won the battle!

Colin: Boy am I played out, that was long.

Samantha: Ya we’ve been through the mill! I'm glad we whipped the graybacks!

Colin: I’m as fit as a fiddle after that. We made them skedaddle.

Samantha: Me too, dodging those hornets took a lot out of me, but I guess thats all apart of Toeing the Mark!

Colin: I’m so hungry I’ll go grab a root.

Samantha: Hunkey Dorey, thats a great idea! I'm gonna get some goobers

Colin: We only got iron crackers, but it’ll do.

Samantha: I'm never snug as a bug in these tents.

Colin: I am gonna clean by pepperbox now.

Journal Entry 3

Dear Charles,

Right now we are camping out in Washington D.C. It is pretty nice here, boring though. Today when all the soldiers had their usual round of drills, I was caring for the soldiers who were hurt or sick from previous battles. Some of the patients make me so tired. I had to help the surgeon take off about 12 limbs. It was pretty gross, but they were all okay. I also had to ahnd out bread to all of the patients. But in between patients I have some free time. During that free I cleaned my tent, inside and out. Then after that I went back and finished helping the surgeon. After that I took a bath and relaxed for a while. I eat dinner and before I go to bed, if I am not too tired I can write letters to my family like I am right now. But I am exhausted, I will write you again soon.

Yours Truly,

Elizabeth Smith

Found this little guy on my way up to my tent

Interview question 1

Jeremiah, when you chose to stay home with your mom, what caused you to make that choice?

  • I made this choice because my mom would've died either way, but I wanted to see her longer, and if I enlisted in the war I probably wouldnt know if she had died or not.

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

  • I am proud about going to fight for the Union, because even though I grew up with slaves, I believe it is wrong and that it should come to an end.

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

  • I wish I had somehow kept in touch with my brother, because I still dont know what happened to him, if he is still alive. I dont even know if he knows about our mother. I havent heard from ever since he left. And it would be nice to know how is life has turned out.

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

Jeremiah, Will you ever know what happened to your brother?

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

  • I dont think I will ever find out. I wish, again, that we had written letter to eachother or had kept in touch another way. I do miss him, and still wonder everyday, where he is, is he alive and will I ever see him again? Army of General Lee

Journal  Entry 4

Photo entry 3: I had to work here this morning

Journal Entry 5

Army of General Lee

Fight so hard; soon to flee

The confederates start to thin

While the Union begins to win


Bullets fly

Soldiers die

hearts and spirits soar in sky

Men with anguish in their eyes

they run toward the enemy in hopes of surprise

They see the blur of grey; charging in every way

They run toward the yankees, ready and armed


Smoke and dirt fill the air

The nurses help the wounded care

The Noise clouds our ears

The pain will be remembered for many years


The soldiers fire

with hopes and desires

But soon it ends

And they will make ammeds


While I was waiting for paients I saw some extra gu

Journal entry 6

During camp to pass my time I like to read verieties of books and articles about a bunch of different things. I also like to play cards. Some of the other nurses and I like to play friendly, but conpetitative games of cards. But other than that we just sit around and talk about what happened in our day. Then we go grab a root! We all eat dinner together. I always get corn bread, thats my favorite camp food.,


  • 1 (8 ounce) package corn bread muffin mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 (8 ounce) can canned cream corn
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Place the muffin mix a large mixing bowl. Stir in the milk and egg. Mix in the cream corn and sugar. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of pan comes out clean.

Journal Enrty 7

The most common desease I experienced today was pneumonia. Although there were others, such as dysentary, pneumonia was the most common. Today  a bunch of people where lining up to come see the nurses and most of all the Doctor. Today was very busy, everyone who wasnt taking orders or doing drills was here. Lined up outside of our tent, waiting to be helped. I also saw someone who had to get amputated at the hip joint. That was pretty bad. He had gotten miniball shot into his upper leg. It looked pretty painful. I dont think he will survive much longer.

I love to play the piano on my free time.

Journal Entry 8

Dear Charles,

I have missed you so much. My time is up and I am headed home. I cant wait to see you. How is everything? Is our cotttage in good shape? I found out yesterday that my brother Samuel had died in the war. He died at Guettysburg. But he died a hero. No word on my Sister Margaret Allen,  I hope she has survived. There was a big battle involving a bunch of spies. Hope she made it out okay. I cant wait for some descent food. This camp food is distastful. Yesterday I found worms in my Hardtack. I cant wait to come home and be home again, I guess you could say I am homesick. But not for long. See you soon.

Yours truly,


Home sweet home

Noodle Tools

It is a nurse from the Civil war and she is possing for a picture, it is in
black and white and she is sitting in a chair with a table next to her, on
the table is a clock. Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014.


It is a picture of a blue jay sitting on/in the branchs of a tree or bush in the
fall, right before winter. Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014.

It is a picture of a blue jay sitting on a branch in the fall

It is from the Little House On the Prairie, and the house is off in the
distance, and it looks like somone took the picture behind a bunch of tall
grass. There are no clouds in the sky and the sky is very blue. Google.
N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <


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