My Civil War Journal

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JOURNAL 1

Hi my name is William Smith. I grew up in southern Illinois. I live in a Small country house before I joined the army. Before I joined the war I built the railroads . I was not happy about leaving home to the army, not only nervous for me I was nervous for my family, and I knew that I would miss them and the would miss me, but In knew I would be doing the right thing! I am fighting on the Union side because I grew up in the north, I don't like slavery and I want to fight for my people! I have private rank in the army. My family includes my mom, dad, brother John, sister Lily.

JOURNAL

Dear… mom, and pops,

The camp I am at is located in northern Virginia. My camp is very nice it has five big tents with plenty of beds for everyone to sleep in! Don’t worry im doing great the food down here is great too! All five tents are in a circle spread apart by about 6 feet, and in the middle of all the tents there is a living room type thing with a fire pit and tables to eat, and play cards on.In the morning, we normally eat breakfast and tell jokes. After, we sit around the fire playin cards. At night, we eat supper then play some more cards. When soldiers break the rules, there are bad punishments such as getting locked with a stick while getting gagged with another stick, another punishment is having to wear a barrel shirt. How has life at home been? I hope to see you guys soon.


JOURNAL 2

Will: That battle, we whipped them.

James: The hornets were flying then

Will: They were fresh fish though.

James: They started to skedadle right as the first gun shot. we got them though

will: Dem sawbones will have a tough job tonight

Wait A little bit

James: My breadbox is rumbleing and I am played out

Will: Here have a sheet iron chracker

James: Yum, that hits the spot. Thanks for being my best possum you are top rail.

Will: You too

Wait a little

James: That chracker you gave me made me sick, I gotta take a Quick-step

Will: Aw shucks

JOURNAL 3

This is the view from my camp

#color photot

#morning sunrise

The view of the lake in front of my camp in the morning...

Question 1

I:Jeremiah, when you chose to lie about your age,what caused you to make that choice?

J: I lied about my age because i wanted to fight with my brother. i knew it was a bad choice but i knew it was for a good reason.

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Question 2

I: Jeremiah, looking back what is something in your life that you are proud or

happy about?

J: I am proud of many things but im most proud of joining the army with my brother.

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Question 3

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

J: I wish i had never left my mother back home. I wish i had never left her because i wont see her for a few months or even worse never and plus shes sick so i will never get any updates.

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

I: Jeremiah, how do you feel about leaving your brother.

J: I feel vary upset and sad i mean it my brother who would not miss there brother. It sucks even worst because we are fighting in a battle so i will never hear or see him again.

The view of the lake in front of my camp in the morning

JOURNAL 5

Grab the polish and scurry out, get the towel and run away, Put the polish on the Grey and scrub, scrub, scrub until its black. Hurry on before they know. scrub, scrub fast until you see, your face on the black shoe, scrub, scrub, scrub.

Hurry on before they know. And quickly before they come. Put some more polish on and then run away. Hope they don't notice and quickly get away. Back in line and stand up straight.

Grab the polish and scurry out, get the towel and run away, Put the polish on the Black and scrub, scrub, scrub until its black. Hurry on before they know. scrub, scrub fast until you see, your face on the black shoe, scrub, scrub, scrub.

When you finish walk away, put the polish and towel away. Steer away from dirt and muck and keep those shoes looking nice all day. Keep them clean as long as you can, one week goes then another then a month. Then one day you take a look how they're doing and you notice they are grey.

Grab the polish and scurry out, get the towel and run away, Put the polish on the Black and scrub, scrub, scrub until its black. Hurry on before they know. scrub, scrub fast until you see, your face on the black shoe, scrub, scrub, scrub.

Now the Chief is looking your way and see's your not in line so he gives you a punishment very ironic, for not being in place, he says you'll have to polish his shoes for the rest of the week.

Grab the polish and scurry out, get the towel and run away, Put the polish on the Black and scrub, scrub, scrub until its black. Hurry on before they know. scrub, scrub fast until you see, your face on the black shoe, scrub, scrub, scrub.

#freetime #cards #fun

JOURNAL 6

One of my favorite things to do during free time in the civil war was play cards, sing, and cockfights. The food here is a lot different than it is at home. My favorite food here at camp is probably hardtack, and Johny cake. Recipes...

Johny Cake

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cookie Sheet
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter or vegetable oil.
    3. Mix all dry ingredients together in the mixing bowl. 4. Add all wet ingredients to the dry. 5. Mix together until the batter is very stiff. 6. Use a spoon to drop the batter onto the cookie sheet, very much like making “drop biscuits.” 7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the biscuits are lightly browned. 8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Hardtack

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ to ¾ cup water
  • Salt (5-6 pinches)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Fork

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add all dry ingredients into the mixing bowl, and then add wet ingredients. Mix all ingredients together. Use extra flour if necessary to make sure the dough is no longer sticky. However, be careful not to make the dough too dry. If you add too much flour, add slightly more water.

3. Knead the dough until it is easy to work with.

4. Spread the dough onto the ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Use the rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangular shape. Hardtack was around a half inch thick, so don’t worry about making the dough thin.

6. Bake the dough for 30 minutes.

7. Take the dough out of the oven and cut it into large squares (around 3 inches by 3 inches). Use a fork to poke 16 to 20 holes into each square.

8. Flip the squares and return to the oven for 30 more minutes.

9. Allow the hardtack to completely cool inside the oven. Be careful when biting into a cracker, as they do get very hard when completely cool.

JOURNAL 7

When i was at camp i saw very many different kinds of wounds and very many ways to treat those wounds! One time i saw a man get shot in the hip, later that day i saw him in a camp that day without a arm. Its not the most delightful thing but its better then dieing even though most of the unlucky ones do wind up dieing. At camp there wasn't a lot of medicine so a lot of the other decease's such as diarrhea, Childhood deceases, dysentery, typhoid fever, and lung inflammation wound up killing people!

^I drew this photo in camp of what it looks like in war^ #war

JOURNAL 8

Mom, Dad, wars over now and I'm coming home next week. I can't wait to see you two! I cant wait to start farming again and to see the family, there was not one day that went past without me thinking about you guys and when i'm going to see you and the family and tomorrow I will get to see you again! I hope all the crops are okay.

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