The Journal of Henry Smith

Adventures of the Civil War

Here is a picture of me on my first day in the Union

Dear Journal,

It is my first day, here are somethings about myself. I am 16 and I  am from Chicago Illinois. I came to be a soldier because I wanted to help and support our cause and I needed to earn a little extra money. I used to be a farmer but now a patriotic figure. I am currently a private but hopefully I will become much more. I really miss my family, my ma and pa I wish to see them soon, also I have a cousin that is in the war. He will fight with us in the Union and will hopefully help pass the time while we wait for battle.


                              Henry Smith

Journal Entry 2-

Soldier: “I am really played out from that battle.”

General:”How about a round of goobers”

Soldier:”Sounds HUNKEY DOREY!”

Soldier:”Look there is the fresh fish”

General:” Look at them Parlor Soldiers”

Soldier:”They seem to have been through the mill and they seem fit as a fiddle”

General :”Who ever they are they better be toeing the mark”

Camp Life Letter

 Dear Ma and pa ,I am writing to you today to tell you about my life at the camp. My camp is in Chicago Illinois and I am a union soldier. I have aching bones all the time, It is really hard and a lot us of get punished. Most of the punishments are humiliating one is where someone has to wear a barrel covering their body and walk around all day with it. Another is where you have to carry a stick instead of your gun for drills. It is as light as a feather in the morning but as heavy as a tree trunk at the end of the day. Speaking of drills, we have so many. When we wake up we have drills and by the end of the day we have drills. The free time we do get though is where we like to play cards or sit and chat if we are lucky. Otherwise we have to do chores like guarding the camp or washing the dishes making the food. It is very hard work and I came here to be a soldier not a servant, but I will fight for the union. Hope to see you soon

This is a picture of my soldiers and I in our blue uniforms. We are drilling right now.

Jeremiah Handley- interview/ photo prompt

Interview with Jeremiah
Interview question 1

Jeremiah, when you chose to ___fight for the union______________________________,
what caused you to make that choice?

Well, although we lived in the south and we owned slaves, I started to realize the slave's situation and I decided to fight for their freedom and to stay in the US Interview question 2

Jeremiah, looking back what is something in your life that you are proud or
happy about? I am happy that I got to stay home with my mother, even though I miss my brother terribly I thought that the war would be dangerous and I wanted to spend my time with my mother before she passed
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Interview question 3

Jeremiah, what is one thing about your life you wish had been different? I wish that my brother had not gone to fight for the confederacy, I think that the union would have been better for him
Interview question 4 (Look back at the italicized section at your "ending")

Jeremiah, _do you miss your brother, and are you happy that you joined the union_________________________________________________?
I do miss my brother but he decided to join the confederacy and I decided to join the union, we had to go our separate ways someday. I am happy that I joined the unionAsk a question that makes Jeremiah talk about one of the issues brought
up at the end of the story you chose to create.

When I wake up in the morning, I see my fellow soldiers and I go out to drill. We get a meal on the way.

Union Song

The union

We fight for the for slaves

we fight for the land

we fight for joining of all soldiers

and all states for man

The union

Camp Life

Dear Ma and pa,

Life as a soldier was starting to get boring with the drilling, but a way to pass the time was to play games or watch performances. I loved going to the music shows. Listening to beautiful music. Some of my camp members gambled even though it was against the camp rules. Some people even had races with lice. The food we liked was gone at the camp. Hardtack usually had worms or weezles in it, I tried to make it better by putting hardtack vegetables and water together. It made the food just a tiny bit better

                                                               Sincerely, H.Smith

Some cards we used to pass the time

Illnesses and Injuries

Dear Ma and Pa

Its terrible. Everyone within a few feet of me is sick and injured. All I can see is blood,puke, and ol limbs. The nurses and the doctors put all the old body parts in a ditch or  a big hole. It smelled so bad and I wished that everyone could be in good health again. I caught a bad case of lice and diarrhea. There is no use of trying to get rid of it myself. Everywhere I walk it gets worse and worse with the other soldiers. I can only hope that the doctors will be able to fix me. I wake up every morning to the bloodcurdling screams from my fellow soldiers. They scream because they get their arms and legs cut off. It is the only thing the doctors can do. Hopefully it gets better.

                                                                                  Sincerely, H.Smith

Here we are against the south or the rebels

Dear Ma and pa,

I am coming home. I can't wait to see you again after all these years. It has been a terrible experience but all I can say it Bully! We won! I am very played out from all the battles and all the hard drills. I am sad to say that many people have died along the way, most to illnesses. I finally got over my case of diarrhea and lice. I finally found out that everyone was getting sick thanks to the old mucky water. I can finally have something to good to eat. I don't ever want to eat hardtack again! Freedom and unity once again! We are in Illinois right now and will be returning home shortly.



Your good old cooking reminds me of home

Works Cited

“Civil War Soldiers Letters and Studies.” soldierstudies, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. <>.

“Civil War Utensils.” Icollector, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. <>.

“Civil War Winter Camp Officer’s Quarters.” USAHEC, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. <>.

“Company of Infantry on Parade.” US Archives and Records Administrations, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. <>.

“1860 Playing Cards.” Ebay, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. <>.

“Gettysburgh Battle.” Capitolbadgers, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. <>.

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