Monday, May 15, 2017

1865 Blog-

Dear Diary,
It's finally over. We've won, yet the bloodshed still continues. I've just received horrible news. Our president Abraham Lincoln, the man who helped lead this country into victory has been shot and killed. In this war, in this fight for social justice we've lost many great people but never would I have imagined that our dear president would be one of them. It brings me peace that he was at least able to see the faces of some of who will forever be thankful for him. Although the war is over I'm no fool and know that this is not the end of the fight already we have heard rumors of what some of the southern states are planning to do in order to stop our country from moving forward. Can't they see the consequences this might have? Are they really that blind? Does the color of one's skin really mean so much that they can't see them for who they really are? If so I pray for them. I pray that God may have mercy on them and help them see the truth for once and for all. I know the following months will bring hardships but I'm prepared to face them if it will bring us justice. I'm afraid it's time for a new chapter, a new book.
                                                                                     May the future bring justice for all,
                                                                                                 Captain Scales.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

1865 blog post letter-Abree

Dear father, i’m sure you've heard of Lincoln's assassination, its been all over the newspapers. Our dear leader has been killed! Shot in the head at Ford's Theatre in the Capital while attending a play of "Our American Cousin" on April 14th. He died at 7:22 in the morning. The man who shot him is still on the run, but we have reason to believe it was John Wilkes Booth. In other news, before his death President Lincoln expressed very freely that he felt the war was coming to an end. I am ecstatic that i will get to come home to my wife and baby, and come to visit you and mother. Oh, how I miss home cooked meals! As for me, all is well, and in good health. Also, a man in our regiment was arrested for treason and is being held in jail without trial. His name is Midshipman McCook, who planned to expose our militia to immediate danger, but more on that later. Tell mother I say hello, and write soon.

Yours, Theo

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

1865 - Letter #4 - Marley


Letter to Henrietta from Captain Charles C. Ward 

Dear beloved wife,

I am so glad the war is almost done. I finally get to see you and the kids. I get to eat your home cooked meals, not those disgusting hardtacks and salt pork. I literally am having those every meal, and I am so tired of it.  Also finally, I am going to get to have your cookies. Lee’s Last Campaign just happened. The Confederate had 6,000 casualties and we captured and paroled 27,805 of their soldiers. The Union had around 10,780 casualties, but our army is way bigger than theirs, so more opportunities to kill us. We took Richmond, Virginia and set it on fire, let it burn all the way to the confederate arsenal, and then it exploded. They surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse at Wilmer McLean’s house. The terms of surrender are the Graybacks must relinquish all weapons, promise they would not fight again and go home, they would be allowed to keep their horses and personal arms, and southerns get 25,000 rations. Anyhow, I am so happy to see you, later. We all thought this war was going to be simple and easy, but it turned out so different. Everyone thought it would be a couple month war, but instead it turned out to be a four year war. Might I add, a long four years. The reason I did the war was because I thought it would be a couple months and  because I know how you and father believe that the South violated the constitution. You are a rule follower, so I understand why you believe that. So basically in a way, I did it for you. I didn’t know at the time, but now I realized that I did it for you and my father. Anyway, I’m so glad the war is almost done. I hope to see you soon. Write back.

Love,
   Your Husband


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hayden 1864



     Dear mother,
I have done a horrible deed. General Sherman forced my regiment and I to march on Atlanta. We burned the city to the ground and pillaged everything. Not only that, but General Sherman forced us to leave all of our food and equipment and march all the way to the sea. This forced us to steal everything we needed to survive, from nearby towns and villages. We were ordered to burn everything else. We have destroyed many lives these past few months. Can you forgive me? No. The real question I should be asking is.... Can I forgive myself.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Journal entry 1864:
It seems that nowadays every soldier is accused of being a spy for the confederacy; then again we can't be too careful we already lost a soldier in our unit to the confederacy. Her name was Nurse Boyd, and i fear i was falling in love with her. My wife would be ashamed of me as would my mother, but she was an astounding woman. Absolutely perfect. The way her hair fell, her courage, her graceful bedside manners. This woman caught my eye since i was wounded in the battle of The Wilderness. One bullet to my leg was all it took for love at first sight. I fear i will not be able to return home to my wife, or she may suspect something. But how could she not when i’ve experienced what true love really is? And my dear son, who is age 4 by now. (My God, Charlie’s growing up.) I can’t let his mother raise him on his own. I love him too dearly to do that. While this amazing woman may have been the greatest woman alive, i cannot in good conscious court her. All is going well otherwise, and my leg is continually getting better.

Yours truly, Sergeant Parrott

1864 Blog-Captain Scales

Dear Diary,
I've not written in a while in here. the suspicions and rumors that had been going around of me being a spy have seem to disappear not only because of the casualties we have bur the fact that this year the 3 year contract ends for most soldiers. Our line are spread very thin and it had me concerned that the rebels will use that to their advantage. I stay up every night like many wondering if I will get to see the next day. Al tough my hopes for the Union are not at an all time high they have been lifted after hearing that General Sherman was able to lead his troops across Georgia and split the rebels in half. Hopefully this is enough to bring them to their knees. Hopefully the war will end soon with the Union on top and hopefully I too will not become a casualty.
                                                                                                            May this gruesomeness end,
                                                                                                                                Captain Scales

Sunday, April 30, 2017

1864 - Letter #3 -Marley

Letter to Henrietta from Captain Charles C. Ward

Dear adored wife,

Of course I miss you a colossal amount. We have been fighting a war against the Confederates for three years so far and we still have not beaten them, yet. The Shermans March has been a huge morale booster for the Union, though. We are going through the city of Atlanta and destroying everything. We are burning every store and factories that we come across. We are destroying every communication and transportation lines. We are destroying every farmland, even. We are literally destroying everything in Atlanta. We have even broken the railroads rails by burning it and wrap it around trees, so they can not use it again. They call it Sherman’s neckties. The reason that we are doing this is to try to take control of Atlanta because it is one of the few major manufacturing centers for the Graybacks. We have have stole and forage for food. What we have done has just been a huge pride boost for us because before this the Union army was in horrible shape. This year, only 136,000 soldiers for the North reenlisted, and 100,000 soldiers headed home. I wish I was one of them that headed home, but I didn’t want to disappoint you. I know that we both want this war to end and me come home, but I have to serve my country and not desert. Before the Sherman’s March, 65,000 soldiers died in just seven weeks. I heard that in the North, the public opinion began to turn against President Lincoln. Overall it was just horrible before that march and now during the march we have some pride and hope. Anyway, that is what is going on with me, how about you? I hope to see you soon. Write back.

Love,
 Captain Ward


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