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BC: The End... A proud Thank You To The Men That Risked Their Lives | Black Soldiers In Civil War www.archives.gov | Confederat Soldiers www.civilwarsoldier.com

FC: People Of The Civil War Confederate soldiers, Union soldiers, African soldiers, Women

1: A Unions Soldiers story | Dear Anna, How are you my darling? I'm fine. I'm writing you to tell you how my life has been while in camp. I'm sorry that i couldn't see you before I got drafted! But you know that i am very loyal to my Union, so i was for sure going to go, no doubt about it. | The photo that I have of you

2: Our reasoning for war is to bring the south back into our Union because we are separating over this slavery issue. The south wants to have slaves, and as you already may know, most of us here in the South do not! | Slaves of the south

3: Our army has an estimated number of about 850,000 soldiers. All hoping for the end of slavery. We all had thought that this was going to be a very long gory war, but as it is, it seems that we were right! | Soldiers and the men that risked their lives

4: We all had to try to figure out a way to bring the south back into our Union, but we weren't quite sure how we were going to do it. Eventually we came up with a plan to blockade so that the south couldn't export its cotton. | The planned blockade

5: In the mean time, we spent most of our time in camps. things that we liked to do was write letters to family," like I am to you", and write and play music. | A letter I have written

6: There was also things that we don't enjoy so far while being here. We often have to march 10-15 miles a day. It gets pretty exhausting! Also we have had horrible disease that have broken out. Many of the men have become infested with body lice | Our camp

7: My dear Anna I hope you and the children are doing well! I love you all and I hope to see you all again soon... Sincerely, Joesph | A photo of me at my best

8: A Confederate Soldiers Story | Dear Mary, I'm so very sorry that I have to leave you and our son Peter for awhile! But not only me, but a strong white population has been longing for this war to start! The support for it is way too strong, and there is no way that any of us here from the south is going to let the north take away apart of our way of living! | The photo that I have of you

9: I think that we are going to have a better outcome in this war and be able to keep slavery like we all are wishing for! Especially since we are fighting on familiar territory. But i worry because we have few rail roads and few factories to ship and produce the things that we need. | The very few railroads that we have

10: Our way uniform was very ragged. Mostly from factory production or soldiers just wearing them out. Every one of the soldiers had to wear the same one including me. They are very uncomfortable to work in! | Our uniform

11: We have been facing some difficulties on this journey to defeat the north. Many of our men are dying from fatigue and starvation. Also, men are starting to dessert us because of fear, tired of starvation and missing their families. I don't think thats being very loyal to the rest of us when we are fighting for our rights for everyone else! | Starvation

12: I'm sorry my dearest Mary and Peter that i can't be writing you much. I have been trying to write this letter in my spare time during the night before i go to bed. During the day, they keep us pretty busy and on the go. | A photo of me writing this letter

13: Don't forget to write me," The both of you"! I love and miss you two so very much! I hope to be writing you another letter sometime soon when i have the time. I will keep you updated! Sincerely Johnny | A photo of me in my uniform

14: An African American Soldiers Story | Dear Martha, I am sorry that you had to stay back on the farm to help provide for things in need for war! But i guess its for the womens own protection! I have heard that you are going to being doing the same work as the white women. | A photo that i have of you

15: Work for me can be quite difficult at times. I have been doing some of the heavy work in the trenches at the army camps. I don't really find it worth it because we get payed less than the white soldiers. But on the bright side, if we fought, we were promised to be freed! Because of this, we have about 179,000 men fighting than are African American. | A Photo of me ans some of the other soldiers

16: We are going through some terrible things here at camp. Many of our men are dying from diseases. If one of the men here got it, about ten other men would have it by the next morning. Thats how terrible it has been spreading! | A photo of a diseased man

17: But besides that, Have you heard about that proclamation that Lincoln has made? It is a hope for all African American soldiers to run away so that they can be free! Martha, if you decide to do this, I would be very happy! Whatever you do, run, and hide, and don't ever look back! I will find you! | Lincoln's Proclamation

18: Martha, I hope that you make some very wise choices while I'm away, and don't do things that could get you killed! | A photo of what could happen to you

19: I miss you more than anything! I love you Martha! Sincerely, Coson | A photo of me in my uniform

20: A Woman Tells Her Story | Dear Mother, I'm writing to tell you about how well I am doing while working. Right now I am working as a nurse on the battle field. It is a very dangerous job because I am risking my life. | A photo I have of you

21: Before I started working as a nurse, I would usually collect food, medicine and clothing for the troops. | A photo with the women I worked with

22: I don't really mind all of that, but there is one thing that I would really like to do more than this. I would like to fight in the war too! | A picture of the battlefield

23: Mother, I know that you may think that this is dangerous, but it would be worth it! My plan would be to disguise myself as a man and try to pass by without anyone noticing since we aren't allowed to fight. | My disguise

24: Mother, I am really hoping that my plan will work out. I promise you that you would be proud of me! Just try not to worry about me because I am doing well. I will write you everyday. | A Recently photo taken of me

25: Mother, i miss you so very much! And I love you! I wish to see you soon. Sincerely, Josie | The picture I have of you and I

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