Civil War Digital Scrapbook
March 16, 1860
March 16, 1860
My mother got me this diary. I didn’t even ask for one, she just gave it to me. My mother is a kind woman that does practically everything around here. She cleans everything. From floors to ceilings. Ever since we moved away from Missouri to New England she has really gotten into cleaning. My father is always at the printer. He mainly prints anti-slavery and anti-south newspapers. We started running it about 3 months ago, ever since his partner Thomas died. He was the one that ran it. My father gets the news and tells us to print it. He likes to stay up to date, especially with the news. I have three brothers and three sisters. My brothers are George (15), James and John (10). James and John are twins that just can’t stop talking. They go on these hour long arguments about which one is more handsome or something along those lines. George is the eldest. He much more quite. Sometimes I forget about him. My sisters are Anna, Emma, and Sophia. Emma is 8, Anna is 5, and Sophia is 1. They are a strange few. Sophia is in to grabbing things and giving them to me. Once, she gave me a kitchen knife. Anna is obsessed with animals. She started to pet a raccoon that was out during the day. Emma is the calm one. She just lounges around, the occasion fit but she is quite calm. The girls don’t do anything around the house except scramble it. Life here is peaceful. It is how my family and I imagined it when we decided to move. We live in midtown and it is great. I can walk everywhere. I can walk to my friends house, school, and the shop. I wanted to draw my house, so I did.
December 12, 1860
My father has been giving a lot of money to the shop. He is working more than ever. He is going to work before dusk, then comes home after dawn because of the lack of staff and money. Ever since talks of secession, business is peaking. We now take requests from people about what they want to hear. It turned out to be very effective.We also work even more. I even got to work the printer once. It was about southern states seceding. I had to ask my father what it meant and he just said to not worry about it. I also asked my mother, my teachers, and John from work. I got the same exact response. They said don’t worry about it or that they just did not know. I thought nothing of it. I have decided to draw our shop. Here it is.
July 23, 1861
December 30, 1862
It’s my birthday, I got one day of being in charge of the shop. I thought it was great. I was the best at it, I fired and rehired George about seven times. I would say that he is fired and make him walk home and I would tell him to come back. It was so fun. My dad got healthy. He sent us many letters about what he saw and done in the latest battle. He fought in Antietam. It was the first time he fought since he got shot. We wrote back sending lots of love and clothes. Also, I completely agree with Lincoln saying that the south is rejecting democracy, I refuse to tell anyone though. Everyone in my family and everyone at school completely loathe him. My family hates him. He is a great president that is just not given any respect. Only the wise know what he has done for this country. The president and I are alike. We are great leaders. I just lead a shop for a day and he leads a country at war for a few years. I decided to draw me in the shop.
July 29, 1863
Words cannot express my feelings. Father is dead. He fought in Gettysburg and died fighting for a cause he believed in. I just didn’t believe my mother when she told us what had happened. I sobbed profusely. It was the worst feeling. Knowing that someone is gone forever and you will never see them again. It is just terrible. The shop will be forced to go out of business sooner or later. To get off of that subject, the Emancipation Proclamation was a just complete joke to the Confederacy. I think it is bad because the newly freed slaves will take our jobs and do it for less pay. That is basically the only news we have and people don’t think that is enough. They want more, some people scream at us because we don’t have enough news. It is just ridiculous. We also have lost even more money. Life is so bad right now. Dead father, bad business, and no money,. If the southern states didn’t secede, father wouldn’t be dead right now. I hate the Confederacy.