Lawrence's Digital Scrapbook
April, 4, 1861
Dear diary, I am twelve years old, now listen before I get into to this, my mom made me do this diary, but you know what, it’s my twelfth birthday and I got a diary… not the best present but I’m still grateful. Anyway, I live in Boston, Massachusetts. I live in a big house with tons of acreage with three brothers, Henry, George, and Harry and my three sisters Mary, Harriet, And Maria. In the Hewitt household, it’s a total madhouse, you always have to keep an eye out on whatever is going on. For example, when mama makes a pie you have to be the first one there because before you know it there is going to be a stampede of 6 hungry boys and girls tumbling down the staircase. Trust me, you do not want to be caught in that. My dad owns a local carpentry business called “Hewitt’s Carpentry” that Henry, George, and Maria work for. I love to read outside and make up games with my brothers and sisters.
July, 2, 1861
Well today is the day my dad has to fight in the third battle of the Civil War called “Bull Run.” I am very nervous for him and I really hope he makes it out okay. Plus I never got the chance to read today because ever since my dad left my mom has taken over the carpentry shop and that means my mom can’t do the work she usually does around the house and the only people left to do it is just us kids. So basically all I did was chores today. My mom got home around 5:30 p.m and she saw that us kids were a little bummed out so she took us to the candy shop that just opened in the city. We got a couple of chocolate bars but it still wasn’t the same. I could tell my mom was sad too, she wasn’t the same when she got home, she seemed sad. But I am going to keep my hopes up, and wish for the best. I also heard my mom talking about this thing called “Union politics” and she said president Lincoln should show more of his power when debating, so I guess I agree.
August, 3, 1862
May, 2, 1863
This is the city of Boston Massachusetts, I cut this out of my mom’s magazine when she was at the shop.
November, 21, 1863
Mama still hasn’t caught me cutting out pictures in her magazines, so this is going to be my last time doing it. This is my new toy that I got today.
June, 4, 1865
Jackpot, we won the civil war and my dad is coming back home. Mama made us all right welcome home cards, and once he steps into the Hewitt household there will be a giant welcome home party with music and plenty of food. Plus mama hired a photographer to take a family picture once dad gets back home. Once we heard the good news, mama took me and my siblings out to dinner and I realized there were much more people in Boston. Today, Me and my mom were strolling downtown and we had an epiphany to get a dog, a german shepherd that is. We saw this dog in a newspaper at the news stand so I cut out this photo of the dog we might get when dad gets home. This was probably the best day of my life so far.