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Summary of A Confederate Girl's Diary

A Confederate Girl's Diary
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Sarah Morgan Dawson was born in New Orleans on February 28 1842. During the Sarah lost four family members; her favorite brother Henry, Her father thomas, and two  other brothers were all killed between 1861 and 1863. During the war Sarah and her family were forced to move many times due to events like the Union army sacking their house and a lack of food. Sarah originally wanted her six-volume diary to be destroyed when she died but later decided to give them to her son who had it published in 1913. The end of Sarah's diary is full of sadness due to her being strong supporter of the confederacy, she describes what she felt when she was informed her two brothers had just died and what it was like for the Army she had been supporting for 4 years to lose. At the very end of her diary she talks about the death of Abraham Lincoln, and even though she didn't like him for most of her life she started to like him just before his death. She realized what good he had done by stopping slavery and how much brighter the countries future is with the whole country being united. 

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This is an entry in Robert Kellogg's diary that is written directly to his wife. Robert Kellogg was a soldier and surgeon that was in the Civil War. Kellogg talks about how the day after the battle is worse than the day of because of how many young injured people he has to see. He writes about how he prays to God everyday that the young soldiers who are in pain may either heal or get through their suffering and die a peaceful death. In the next paragraph he tells his wife that he dreams about home at night and that he misses her and cannot wait to see her again. He tells his wife to tell their kids that he is unable to write them at the time and he wants her to tell him how they are doing and if any family problems have come up.  At the end of the letter he attaches a piece of gold lace that was worn by a rebel lieutenant. this shows the true hatred the two sides have for each other. 

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Civil War Diary, Anthony, a South Carolina Slave who can read and write

Civil War Diary, Anthony, a South Carolina Slave who can read and write | Civil War | Scoop.it
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This is the diary of a South Carolina slave named Anthony. Anthony writes in secrecy about his experiences as a slave and about how he feels about the current war. Anthony explains how he is one of few Slaves that can read and write because he believes that their owners do not want them to be as smart as they are and receive the same respect as they do.  Anthony writes about Abraham Lincoln running for president, and how he believes that Lincoln will be the one to free them from slavery. At the end of his journal he writes about how the South is growing stronger and they are starting to take control of the war. 

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Charleston, SC - April 1861

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The Civil War Trust's map of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor as it appeared in April 1861, prior to the first shot of the American Civil War
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The Battle of Fort Sumter was the first battle of the Civil War. This 33 hour battle lead to no deaths even though around 4,000 bullets were fired.The Confederates won the battle and took complete control of the fort. Even though no blood was shed it was the beginning of America's bloodiest war. 

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American Civil War Music (Confederacy) - Southern Soldier - YouTube

+2nd South Carolina String Band -- Southern Soldier ___________________________________________ I'll place my knapsack on my back, My rifle on my shoulder, I'...

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This song relates to the events in our textbook by showing that the Confederates had more spirit than the Union army. In our textbook it says that the Union expected to win because they were lead by experience and very smart men and that the confederates expected to win because no one could subdue the spirit of the South. The confederates thought that the Union was clueless and were going to ruin the country by abolishing slavery and listening to Lincoln. This song demonstrates the spirit of the south by explaining that the south was united and happy to fight in the war and watch the Union soldiers die. .

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Life as a Confederate Soldier - Letters of Eli Landers | GACivilWar.org

Life as a Confederate Soldier - Letters of Eli Landers | GACivilWar.org | Civil War | Scoop.it
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At nineteen years old, Eli Pinson Landers left his hometown in Georgia to join the Confederate Army.  In Eli's letters to his mother he describes how excited he is to protect his country and fight for the southern cause. As time goes on Eli begins to send more serious letters that describe the true horror of war and how tough it is to be in it. As Eli gets sick he begins to start telling his mother how his body should be treated; what should be written on his tombstone, and where he wants to be buried.  Even when Eli knew he was going to die he still stayed loyal to the southern cause and died with a sense of honor knowing that he did his best to defend it.

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Appomattox Courthouse - April 9, 1865

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The Civil War Trust's Battle of Appomattox Court House Map shows troop movements and preservation progress for this 1865 Civil War battle in Virginia.
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On April 7 General Robert E. Lee received a letter from Ulysses S. Grant saying that Grant had set up troops on many parts of the route that Lee and his troops were taking and that they were not going to have an easy time escaping. Grant suggested that Lee surrenders so that they was no bloodshed that day. But Lee responded by saying"I do not think the emergency has arisen to call for the surrender of this army". But he offered to meet Grant at 10 the next morning to discuss a peaceful outcome. But Lee prepared to fight, him and his men were confident that they could defend themselves against Grant's cavalry. the Union soldiers greatly outnumbered the confederates and won easily. Lee then realized that he had no chance of winning and had nothing to do but surrender. This lead the lee surrenderring in Appomattox. 

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Battle of Glorieta Pass - The Fight for Pigeon's Ranch, March 28, 1862

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TCivil War Trust battle map showing the fight for Pigeon's Ranch on the Glorieta Pass battlefield in New Mexico

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The Battle of Glorieta pass had no clear victor, the Confederates pushed the Union army back but were forced to retreat when they ran low on supplies. This resulted in the Confederates winning tactically and the Union winning strategically. This Battle is dubbed the Gettysburg of the West because of the amount of casualties.

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Artwork of Civil War battle scenes

Artwork of Civil War battle scenes | Civil War | Scoop.it
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These pictures relate to our textbook because it shows the differences in the way the Union and The Confederate Armies fight. The pictures show that the Confederates were less organized and want to run into the battle and do whatever they want to try and kill Union soldiers. The Union Soldiers in the pictures seem to be organized and lined up with weapons drawn. There are shown using strategy and being smart to try and win the battle. The differences in the two armies battle styles could determine the winner of the war

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