Billy Bumpus' Civil War Journal

Who am I?

I am Billy Bumpus, Colenol in the Confederate army. I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I still live there today. I work as an architect when I am not in the army, and I'm 34 years old. I inherited a huge plantation from my parents and I own a lot of land. I have a wife and two kids and I am in charge of the 2nd Corps.

Civil War Slang Speech

“Ya’ll better get yo bread baskets filled up, we are goin’ on a long journey” yelled the old skunk who was our officer. I don’t like to go on long journey’s because I always get some chronic quick-step on the way.

“Those fresh fish are lucky because they are not all played out like we are. They’ve all been through the mill gotten some hard knocks

“I need my bark juice for when I go camping it’s becoming as scarce as hens teeth.” Suddenly there was a bang as drunk old David knocked over the cooking stations.

“You played out, hard cased idiot!” Yelled the skunk.

“My roommate was throwing hornets at my tar water and the bottles all broke” said David as he looked for it again.

“It is time for the journey anyways! We will be traveling to Wilderness to engage the confederates!” Said the officer.

“Lets go! We have to head out!” Said the head soldier as we loft off on our long journey!

Civil War Letter

Dear Mother,

Today I was watching over my camp and making sure everything was in order when I saw someone stealing something from his partners tent!  I immediately went over and seized the thief. I had him punished by putting a sign on him that said he was a thief. He then was sentenced to a prison for 3 months because it turned out he was stealing from a wounded friend, and that is unacceptable. I then went over and sat down with another colonel, and we made plans for another battle upcoming. Then my friends and I played a round of cards and sat by the campfire after drilling all of the soldiers, and eventually went to bed in our tents. It is a interesting lifestyle to have, being a colonel.


Billy Bumpus

Magical Forest. N.d. Photograph.

This is a picture of the forest I see when I wake up. It is all sorts of colors, and is beautiful. I really like waking up to this beautiful view every morning.

Interview of Jeremiah Handley

Q: Jeremiah, when you chose to join the Confederacy, why did you make that choice?

A: I made that choice because I wanted to see my brother. I had not heard of him for some time, and I wanted to figure out what had happened to him. I also had been a part of slavery my whole life, and I was going to stay loyal to my parents beliefs and join the confederacy.

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

A: I am proud of fighting for the confederacy and being promoted to an officer is one of the strongest decisions I have made in my life.

Q: Jeremiah, what is one thing about your life you wish had been different?

A: For one thing, I definitely wished my mom wouldn't have died, and I sometimes regret going to the confederacy, it is sometimes hard to wrap my head around how slaves are treated.

Q: Jeremiah, do you think you will continue to rise through the ranks?

A: Yes, I think I will, because I tend to make quick decisions in fast instances, like I did in the earlier battle, and I will eventually start rising through the ranks.

Kitson, Dave. The Boss. N.d. Photograph

This is a dear we saw outside our cabin this morning. It was very cold as you can see in the dears breath.

Civil War Fun

My friends and I like to play card games when we can, and we also like to race fleas and other small animals. I also like to play dominoes, like I am doing in the picture. My favorite food is Maggot Mini Bagels and Worm Waffles. Here are the recipes for those.

Maggot Mini Bagels: Take dough and put it in a bagel shaped mold. Add 2-5 maggots to the mixture to add flavor. Sprinkle yeast on top and cook for 15 minutes. Should taste like normal bagel except with crunchy cooked maggots in the center.

Worm Waffles: Add waffle mix to the griddle and then press for 5 minutes, so it is nice and soft. After they are out, fill each hole with worm droppings to add texture. Cook for another 3 minutes.

Eggelston, Lori. Civil War Soldiers Playing Dominoes. N.d. Photograph.

Wounds and Disease

The bad part about being a colonel is being in charge of going around and checking on soldiers after their injuries. They often have had an amputation or a bullet taken out, and sometimes have a bad infection. They have been through horrible times and had to go through a lot. I have heard the screams myself even!

Battle of Chickamauga. N.d. Photograph.

This is a battle scene I recently say at the battle of Chickamauga, many soldiers died.


I am finally home after 4 years at war. It is totally different, my wife even did some renovations on the house. My kids are now 14 and 12! They have grown a lot. They were 10 and 8 when I left, it is so nice to be home. My family welcomed me home with tears, and it was really nice to get home even though I had many friends at war. Even though we lost the war, it was nice to finally get home, and we did not have slaves anyway

Wilmore, Gene, and Sue Wilmore. Gene and Sue Wilmore Family. N.d. Photograph.

This is a picture of my family that I saw before I left. The boys are now all grown up! It is really nice to be home.

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