Most all men were soldiers in the Civil War. Life was very hard for men in the 1860's. They spent far too much time away from family and loved ones. Many hours training, and minimum food and shelter. Even when food was available it sometimes made them sick. Disease was a common thing among soldiers during the war. These men spent countless hours marching in the hot sun, on dusty roads, and in rainstorms. Many were bored at camp mixed the gruesome memories of battle.
These conditions were rough on all soldiers but especially civilians converted to soldiers.
Niomee Kojang wrote to "the people" a little bit about what she did day-to-day like how she got to visit her family. Mostly she talked about they were fed on a daily basis and got the amount of food she needed but the labor was too much. At the end of each day she could barely stand up. Here friends who worked along-side her talked about going to Canada, because the whites were leaving. She also mention that they experienced a lot of bad weather from rain to hail.
I could imaging what it was like to be a slave. Even though the way they explain it is rough, I'm sure that it is much tougher if we were to experience it first hand.
Alexander Hunter, born in Norfolk, Virginia and died in Silver Spring MD at the age of 71. Alexander Hunter wrote a letter to his family during the war, about the experiences and challenges in the Civil War. In his letter he mention how he among others starved for six days straight, and when they did have a chance to eat something all that was available to them were apples, and corn which they toasted, burned, stewed, or boiled. Often times they roasted them together. Many soldier grew sick because of the lack of food, and many died because the ambulances were often full. Alexander talked about many stomach problems such as diarrhea etc.
This again made me wonder of how their families responded to these letters, and how awful it was for the soldiers.
The Civil War, (1861-1865) the bloodiest war in American history. Approximately 620,000 soldiers were killed and millions more were injured. Not all deaths were from combat. Most were but some died from accidents, starvation, or disease.
After Southern states declared their withdraw and formed the Confederate states (army of about 1,100,000 soldiers). The remaining states formed the Union (2,130,000 soldiers). The Union outnumbered the Confederates.These two groups fought in the Civil War and in result the confederacy collapsed, and the slaves were freed. Then the long process to rebuild for the newly freed slaves began. The war first began when Confederate warships bombed Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, in South Carolina on April 12, 1861. Eventually General Grant handed over the last major confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865.Eventually the Northern States would be Victorious.
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The war forced many woman in the North and South into a public life they scarcely imagined. Women spent most of their time in homes doing the cleaning and cooking. A man's job was more away from the house in shops, offices and factories. Women devoted their lives to creating a clean, comfortable, nurturing home for their husbands and children.
However during the Civil War women interacted more with the outside world. During the war the north and south women signed up as nurses. This was the first time in American history that women played a significant role in a war effort. By the end of the war, these contributions had expanded many Americans’ definitions of “true womanhood.”
Wallace B. Black was a soldier for the Union army. During the war he wrote a letter to "the people" which talked more about war training. In his letter he talks about how he was paid less than the white soldiers, and when he first arrived there they wouldn't even let him shoot a rifle. After a little bit of training he said "but I proved them wrong when we trained." He mentioned how most of his companion were black soldiers. Then Wallace Black when into saying how he didn't get enough sleep, and even that he got bored waiting at camp some days. He talked about how he thought there was enough food but he found it hard to eat while he was thinking about war.
To pass time he often played games such as poker, or hunted for fun. Not so much for the food thought he brought it back anyway.
By the sound of his letter i could tell that Wallace B. Black is a determined hard worker, and didn't focus on the negatives of being at war as much as others did.
The Civil War was a battle between the Confederates and the Union. It all started when seven southern states withdrew from the U.S. The remaining states formed the union. The southern states who withdrew were the confederates. The result of this war was a collapse of the confederacy and freedom for the slaves. This war destroyed many of the south's industries, and took a long time to rebuild. This picture makes me wonder how hard it must have been not only for the people in the war, but for their families. This picture made me realize the struggles their family went trough, let alone themselves.
The Bonnie Blue Flag was probably the 2nd most popular song in the Confederacy during the Civil War. The tune was taken from an Irish song - The Irish Jaunti...
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This song was about the end of segregation. when slavery was abolished. The south were freed and received their right to be "treated equal" to the whites. Most whites tried to prevent this and were very angry (Klu Klux Klan). The text book mentions the Klu Klux Klan in particular because of how racist they were towards black people, and the fact that they were now equal to whites. Some whites accepted the idea. To still try to prevent the black people from voting whites passed a law that put a price on voting, knowing that many blacks could not afford the amount, therefore they would not be able to vote. Although this prevented some whites who couldn't afford the money to voting so they passed another law allowing people to vote regardless of pay if a previous grandfather to that person has voted, and since blacks were just recently allowed to vote, that wouldn't apply to them.
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