Life as a Civil war soldier

Liutenit Charles Anderson

April 1, 1886: Introduction

My names is Charles Anderson and I am 18 years old but I pretend to be 20 so I can get into war easier. I am from Springfield, Illinois. I am Lieutenant in the Union army. Living at home has been hard because my family is struggling financially and I am trying to help them. It's convenient that my house is only 5 miles away so I could visit any time. My brother Joseph is training for war because he is joining in couple of years, so I can show him my knowledge on war.  My job at home is a chef and a restaurant. I like to cook for my family on special occasion. My family is me, my brother, and my mom. My dad died at war


April 2, 1886: Civil War Slang

John: Hay Sunday soldier

Charles: Are you wallpapered

John: Bully!

Charles: Don't have to much joy juice or you will have the quick step

John: I need just some greenbacks so I can pay my possum to take care of me

Charles: Na your fit as a fiddle

John: No I am whipped up

Charles: I would shoot you with my pepper box but I don't have any hornets

John: Lets have a duel

Charles: Don't be a bluffer though

(Hornets fly everywhere and than john wakes up snug as a bug from his dream)


April 3, 1886: Life on Camp

                                                        This is a picture of our camp

Life on camp is fun. It's fun because me and my fellow soldiers like to play cards and play sports. Camp is also very tuff. Sometimes all day long we drill and than chores and than go out and drill again. The leaders at our camp are very strict because for the littlest things he gets mad and than makes us walk in a barrel all day, it's humiliating. Sometimes when they are strict it is for a good reason. Some things I like to do at camp is write letters home to love ones saying how  I am doing and what's going on in my life at war


April 4, 1886                          

                                         This is My favorite break feast at camp, #awesomeness                

April 4, 1886: Interview with Jeremiah Handley

1) Jeremiah, when you chose to join the C.S.A ,what caused you to make that choice?           "I chose to join the C.S.A because my mom said that she has someone to take care of her and that it would be fine for me to go to war"

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

     " One thing that I am happy out is when I decided I can play an important role and be a part of the  army without having to hide or sneak around. I work hard to learn the complicated drum signals used to communicate orders to the troops."

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

    " I should have stayed behind and take care of my mother"

4) Jeremiah, how did you feel when you knew your brother died?

    " I felt lonley, because he was my only friend in battle and me and him would fight together, but now I will fight for my brothers life. I know he is watch over me


April 5, 1886: Civil War Music(Union)

Dixie was my favorites Civil Ware song because it was happy and up beat and because i'm a union soldier

You're a union soldier(Rock)                                                                                                         We're all union soldier(Rock)                                                                                                       Union, union, union, union, union soldier(Rock)                                                                             Put your guns away                                                                                                                                 Well, then I got to say when you tell me not to shoot                                                                     I say, no way                                                                                                                                               No, no, no, no way                                                                                                                                     I'm a Yankee, you say                                                                                                                         When you say I'm a soldier I say, say it again                                                                               And then I say thanks(Thanks)                                                                                                             Thank you very much                                                                                                                             So if your thinking that you'd like to be like me                                                                             Go ahead and try                                                                                                                                     The Yankee inside will set you free                                                                                                       I'm a union soldier(Rock)                                                                                                            You're a union soldier(Rock)                                                                                                       We're all Union soldiers(Rock)                                                                                                    UNION, union, union, union, union(Rock)


April 6, 1886                This is a picture of my baseball team in Rockford

Life at Camp

Life at camp is fun when your trying to pass time. My favorite activity is baseball. In the game of baseball the ball is very soft because it is made of leather, so if you get hit with it it wont hurt a lot. The problem with baseball is that we hit with old boards so the ball doesn't go that far. We use two gloves because one is for catching and one is for throwing. Sometimes baseball can get very physical because you can chuck a ball at someone to get them out. We try and make it as safe as possible because we want people to watch us play. After baseball my favorite snack is hardtack. Hardtack is a very hard cracker made from flower, water, and salt. to make hardtack you need to mix 4-5 cups of flour, 2 cups of water, and 3 tablespoons of salt in a bowl and that heat it up. Most of the time there are a lot of worms and bugs in the cracker but I don't mind it because i am used to it.


April 7, 1886                                   Civil War Deaths

In the civil war there were a lot of deaths in the war and most of them were do to diseases. More than half the army died of diarrhea. The reason a lot of the soldiers had diarrhea is because their eating conditions were not healthy. They would drink dirty water not even knowing that they will get sick and they eat food with bugs in them. A lot of the soldiers didn't really clean them selves good enough, so that is one of the reasons soldiers got sick. The problem with the doctors was they got a medical degree, but their lack of time training really affected the chance of us staying a live. It was also a problem because they would feed the soldiers one by one. Most of the people died of amputations and bleeding to death. In prison camps they would not get more than a spoon full of beans and a handful of corn to eat, so a lot of prisoners died of starvation.

April 8, 1886:Home          This is a picture of my house


I could not wait to go home because I was exhausted and starving. I was glad that Ulysses S. Grant and General Lee signed those surrender documents because that ended the war ended, I thought it was never going to. I was all wounded and bloody from all the gunshots in war. To go home was the greatest news I had ever heard in my life. I got enough money from the war to get home and see my family and friends. When I got home there were parades and parties and the best thing of all, my family. It was so happy to see their happy faces again.

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