Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Trading Cards

Trading Cards by melvin thomas

Ulysses S. Grant Card

Melvin Thomas Card

Alvin Cobb Card

John Blackburn 1862

Wordle: Antietam CSADarkStorm

          I hope yu are well. Fightin in the army is hurd, and the reealty of war is much mor brutal than it seems, but I won't stop fightin unteel you are finally out of slavery. I haf gone thrugh many battles alreedy. I wun't give up now. I wil alwuz fight fur our race. We wil no lunger be under everyone else.
          I also wrote to tell yu bout the battle. If yu hevn't heard already, the Battle of Antietam wuz fought not too long ago. We fund uh cigar that had the battle plans, so we wuh able to catch up and stop them. Had we not fund it, we probubly wuld have lost. Many say nu one wun, but the Union pushed the Confederates out, so we shoud count it as a win fur the North. During de war, there wuz so many bodies. It wuz hard and many people geev up their lives for this battle. In the time we fought, I never seen so many men keeled in one battle. Even after many problems we has, we wus steel able to push them bak. President Lincoln even came dun to tell General McClellan bout chasing the Union, but he refused.
          Plees stay strong and take care of our sister. This war weel end soon. The South can't hold on for that long. Don't let anyone see this. Yu must be careful bout everything yu say an du. They are watchin yu an making sure yu follow theer durection.

                                                Yur bruther,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Mysterious Itch

November 19, 1862

The Mysterious Itch

   Disease is a major problem in this war. People die everyday while coughing up blood and sweating like pigs. That is no secret. The big secret in the medical tents right now is the horrifying medical mystery that is the Army Itch. We don't know what it is, and we are no closer to finding out what this is then the first time it occurred. 
      The Army Itch was nicknamed by the soldiers for the terrible itch it causes in the skin. It also caused men's skin to swell and blister, to the point where they would have many sores and painful, puss filled lacerations. Some men's hands swelled so bad that their fingers couldn't touch. This disease wasn't fatal, except it caused great suffering throughout the soldiers because it resulted in great pain and uncontrollable itching. There is nothing to cure it, because to cure the disease, we would have to know what the disease was in the first place.
      The biggest outbreak of the Army Itch was this year in the Potomac Valley in Maryland. It caused terror throughout the valley because no one knew what was happening or how to stop it. We still have no idea what is causing it and what is spreading it. Until then, surgeons must just try to stop the spread of the disease and try to make the sick soldiers as comfortable as possible.  We will report more as it resurfaces.

Melvin Thomas 1862 Cycle Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon about Lincoln the Emancipation Proclamation

Melvin Thomas 1863 Cycle Wordle

Wordle: Civil War Union Draft Riots Of 1863

Monday, April 7, 2014

1861- John Blackburn

1861- Alvin Cobb

 July 22, 1861

     Yestaday my regiment and me fought at the Battle of Bull Run. There was 37,000 of us, but still the 22,000 Confederate troops managed to hold us back. The South had an ate mile line along Bull Run Creek. We attacked the left side of the line. In the beginning we were defeeting them. 
The people picnicking cheered us on. Everything was perfect for us to win. I even stopped to pick up some trinkets from some of them Confederate men on the ground. Seeing them reminded me of the time I was a slave. Those cruel people deserved what they get. Other slaves were still out there and I needed to save them. 
     Once I came back to reality, smoke was the only thing the eye could see. I started to heer more gunfire coming from the Confederate side. I didn't worry about it until I saw wounded and non wounded soldiers runnin back out of the smoke. This scared me greatly. I had no idea what may be lying on the other side of the smoke that separates us. Bullets blewn by me and some shot the soldiers runnin from out of the smoke. Out of fear I commanded my regiment to run noing most of our troops had deserted their posts. 
     It was announced that the Confederacy won The Battle of Bull Run because of all the cowards that ran from the few Rebels. We also learned there were almost 5,000 casualties total. Surprising there were more casualties in the North than the South. We cannot let the Rebels gain momentum from this cowardly act of the Union. We must fight and win. 

1861- Ellis Wilson

deer Kathryn,
       i now you are woried abot me after hearing bout the battle of bul run. i no in my last leter i told you i was heding to manasas with my regment to cut off the railroad. i now when you heard abot the aftermath of the batle. i tel you tho, i am fine. thogh, it was a scury at the time. everyon told us that it wus goin to be eazy, som men evan stoped to get souvineers. no body was woried, til dis dixie man showed up on the hil. my frend who i was talkin to after said his nam was jackson, but the rebs cal him stonewall. i do no now why and nether did he. anyway wonce jacson showed up it was overe. mor and mor rebs kept comin, screamin and shootin like tere aint no tommrow. people at the front of the lines of trops started runnin back, and every won started runnin too. it wuz a retreet, i supose. i ran in the pak, bulets flyin everywhere. as i ran, i saw some fancy men in nice suits runnin to. i asked my budy who that was aftere, he said it wuz people comin to watch the batle. i said to him, i said why did they want to watch? it aint a show. he say he do not kno for shure either, but he say that they thot the rebs would go runnin too. now i sit at the camp ritin this to you, and thes doctrs kep bringin in thes bleedin men who are monin and screamin in pan. it make me fel prety fortunat. i se them bringin the bodes too. there be lot of them, mor tan i thoght. it is a grusome sit. it is hard to watch.
      i wus glad to hear you hav forgivin me for snekin off to join the war. i kno you are stil woried, execially after the batle recently, but i am glad you nderstand that i got to do this. i do not lik fightin with you, and i did not want this fit to go on any longer. i do not mean to wory you any more, but i have speak wit the other soilders and they tink this war wil go on for longr than expected. maybe donot pect me to return for a few mor months. i lov you.
                                                                                   your husband

1861 Blog Post - Isaac Jefferson

Civil War Glossary #3:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Enlistment - John Blackburn

Dear Mary,
    It has been a few weeks since I left, but it feels a lifetime. We have been training the army, but as a corporal, I have knowledge of the skills we need, and am training lesser troops instead. So far, they have been average, but we outnumber the South. In a few weeks, after the war is over, I will come home, and we can finally start our business, and create a string of general stores like we always wanted.
    See you soon,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Enlistment- Alvin Cobb

Dear Father Alfred,
     Thank yu fur prayin with me bafor I left. I thot dat was reel nice. Dat was a hard decidin whetha to join da army or move west with Amy. Plese pray with Amy fur me. I no dat she want me to stay with her. I am her only family. I no she be scared all alone. 
     I am da First Sagent fur my regment. We are da Dark Storm. Altho afta trainin to kill people I have had some worres bout my moral decisin. As yu no one of da commandments is thou shall not kill. We have been trainin to kill da people who keep us slaves but da commandment say not to. Maybe yu help dis decisin easier fur me. I no yu pray for me to go but is relly hard to leave yall behind in Pennsilvania. Is hard to struggle with da thot of endin peoples livs. Hopfuly yu can make dis choice easier fo me. I no yu said it was ok fur me to go but my soul hurts and wish ther was a easier way to end slavry. 

Yur brother in Christ,
      Alvin Cobb

Enlistment - Isaac Jefferson

Dear Mary,         
        I got in the miltary. i will fite until I hafe no breath left in me. thos peepol think they hafe a rite to own ower rase. Even though fiteing will be different from werkin on the dock, I am reedy to win this war and end slavery. ower parents died in pain beecuz of THIS! I heer they think that all men are created equl? are we not part uf mankind? We are NOT inferior yet they treet us like animals! I will not allow peepol to treat us so. When we win this war, yu and ower brothers will fineally be free frum slavery. I will rite to yu soon. yu mus burn this afer yu finish so yur master will not find out bout the letters we send. This will cost yu a beeting at the leest if he suspects sumthin. Be carefull lil sis.                                          
                                                              Yur brother,

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Enlistment - Private Ellis Willson

Deerest Kathryn, 
           i write you from my regments training camp I have ben very busy at work. it is midnight, and i am tired, but i did promisse you i would write every nit from camp and i do not break my vows. so as the rest of my regment sleaps on the ground around me, i sit by the small flam of my candel that casts small shadows on all the dirty and roff faces on my fellow soildgers. they share my strong hatred for the sin ful act that is slavery. i do not now them well, but I can tel from first pressions of these men that I have lucked out to be placed in a regment with peple who share my values and views. i am tryin to rite best as i can. ther is a man in my regiment that can rite good, he helps for hard words. i hope this information helps put your worried mind to rest.
           i write because i do not want to leeve on the small argumant that we had before I had left. i now that you fear for my safety in this war and did not preciate me running to sign up the second they took voluntears, except i do not think you understand how impartant the ending of slavery is. i do not mean to continue an argumant we can not win, cept you do not get what slavery is truly like. you have ben free most of your life, and when you were a slave you were working as a hosemaid, you never really known the terror of slavery, never seen it truly hapen, like it could only hapen in the fields under a mean owner, such as I was. you nod and lisen when I go on about the injustice that is slavery, but you never join along. you skim the ahbolitionist papers I bring home, but you don't get what they say. you try and neglect your anccestors past so you do not have to face the problam head on. i do not have that luxoury. I am scured by the memores of my broters being whipped til they are just a wimpering, bloody version of themselves. i cary round guilt of nowing my mother who still is somewhere in south.. she must work all the time in the hot fields, pricking herself on the cotton plants. that is no way to live, with  memores and guilt. now, i got a chance to do somthin, to not sit on the sidelines and let myself get pushed around in north knowing are people are treted even worse in the south. 
           i now you are scared for the after math. you made that very clear in our argumant the day befour i left. you are scured for blacks when we are free. the idea of  mor racism, and angry whites terrifies you. cept fear has ruled over the slaves for to long, fear of reevolting, fear of the white man. we have ben givan  chance,  chance to gain fredom for all slaves cross the country, who nows when we will get chance agin? it may be another centary befour everythin is lined up to were we can fight for ahbolishment of slavery. the time for fear is don, the time for act is now. i will do everythin I can to take advantge of the chance. 
             so i now that you fear four my lif, and i now you resentmnt toward me cause I listed myself without discusin it wit you, cept i hope you undrstand why I had to do it. this is my dream, to be able to do somethin to help my brethren who work the filds day and nit, and to now that somewhere, my mother may be free. i understand if you do not se my pont of view, I have alway ben told I hav ben a bit 'radical', but that what it took for a slave to scape. that what it took to bring us gether. i got to be radical, and audacus, and brave, just like I got to be now. 
              i miss you and love you very much. i promise to kep rite you every day, and like I have said befour, I do not brek my vows. 

                                                                                   Your Husband,