Monday, May 15, 2017

last blog post-heydi

Dear ivarene,  the moment we've all been waiting for is finally here. We've come to the end of this horrific war. I don't know how to explain what I'm feeling but it's a mixture of defeat and devastation why you might ask well well the big bad news are that we've lost this war after years of combat and pure determination we landed ourselves in regret and embarrassment, now we must go back to the nation we were fighting against and things will just not be the same. Losing the war doesn't hurt me as much as the losses of all those lives who were taken throughout this war.I saw death day and night and those memories will haunt me mostly because the purpose for which they gave their life to was never fulfilled. Now those lonely days with small rations of hardtack and salt pork the weapons and tactics used are no longer useful, the infantry marches but not with determination to the upcoming battle but to relinquish the weapons and promise not to uprise again.
In the end I'm thankful for years my life was at risk of escaping from my hands but luckily I was one of the not many who survived. With me I'll carry the good memories of those who lost their lives for what we thought was right.
The journey home is long but soon I'll be home, the only thing that keeps me going is that I will finally be back at home with you my dearest wife and the kids who I've missed dearly.

Expect me soon- flash

final letter home-fred bloom jr

dear bloom family,
i am finally coming home after the surrender of appomatix courthouse. it was a small battle if it can even be called that but ended when us the confederacy surendered. susan i do get to kep our rifled musket for when the northernerss come to take our stuff. i heard news that lincoln was assassinated i mean he was a horible president but i didnt think he desierved death. susan please tell little billy i will be home soon and that we will be a happy slave free family. susan please tell billy about what happened and how we ned to be strong. susan i will be home soon and wil tel you all about the war and how we sung about dixie and kept spirts up even when we are dieing in the war.
from fred bloom jr

Sunday, May 14, 2017

James Brooks 1865 - Sydney Donelson

Dear diary,
The war was fought well, even though we didn't win. I have to say I am very upset with the outcome. This war went the opposite of what I had hoped, I will not be able to supply for Amelia she'll never marry someone broke, a few slaves were the thing keeping be out of being broke now no one can have slaves! I'm glad Lincoln was killed, I never had an opinion on him or worried to much about him until now and he has taken my chance at wealth! What will my father say about this he will be very outraged when i return home, I know he has lived his whole life with slaves and it will be different for him. Wish me luck diary, that my farming won't let me down.

Last letter... Lawrence-Valeria

This is it sistar.. all my sacrifice , my love to fight for slavery is gone. Lee suraander , i never thought he wouul do that, I dirent see it coming from a guy likh him. The CONFEDERATE lost, we were defeated. I feel horribal I could've prevet all of it, Lee wouldn't of sarrender, I'm passionate to work as a grayback i didn't see this coming not from Lee.
This is how it all happened :( Saylur creak was our final battle. The day of April 6.. the saddest day. Lee surrendered in Apommatoox Courthose, it was excruciating to watch so i stayed outside of Wilmer Mclean’s house, he was the guy that allowed both generals to address the issues in his very own front room of his house. I kept my rifled musket. Nothing else just that very weapon, you might ask why, well because it's the only weapon I owned. If they weren't our own weapons or horses we had to relinquish them, so Jinny the horse is now in the north.. I had to make a promise that I didn't want to keep and it was to not fight again and to go home. But it's not simple, I fought to keep slaves, I fought to destroy the Abolitionist , who knows if they free the slaves. I'm sad I probably am not making sense I apologize.

With a brooken hart, Lawrence

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Alvin Busic final letter home ~ 1865

Well, it finally happened. The war is over. Yesterday the Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union general Ulysses S. Grant. We were required to return all weapons except those we brought ourselves, and we could even keep our own horses. I am sad to have lost the conflict, but I am glad to finally be able to see you all and eat something other than salt pork and hardtack. I am unhurt but tired, and I am so elated to finally get a break from all this constant fighting. It feels wonderful to know that I can sleep in and wake up to my loving family again. I'll be back from Appomattox Courthouse in a few days, so I'll see you then!

-Alvin

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Alvin Busic food blogger - hardtack

hey y'all, today I decided to teach y'all how to make that hardtack stuff. It's pretty good when it's not filled with worms and such, so I decided to give it a go. Fortunately for me, there's only 2 ingredients, so that's great because I am not a superior baker if you know what I'm sayin. The only ingredients are water and flour. First you gotta heat the oven to 350 degrees farenheight. Then you must stir up all of the water and flour until it is quite thicc. After that, all you gotta do is roll it about one cm thick, then cut it up into squares and pop it into the oven for 45 minutes or so, and you're done! It's just that easy, folks.

Alvin's homestyle hardtack~
4-5 cups of flour
2 cups of water

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Mix the ingredients into a bowl until it is thick, then knead the dough
Roll the dough until it is 1/2 inch or 1 cm thick
Cut the dough into squares
Poke holes into the dough
Put the squares into the oven for about 25 minutes, then flip them and put them in for 20 more
Take them out and let them cool, and you're done!

-Alvin

Monday, May 1, 2017

James Brooks 1864 - Sydney Donelson

Dear Dad,
It feels like I've been in this war for my whole life. Fighting and training and drills are getting very tiring and I'm hoping we can end this. Please write back to me as soon as possible. I am very worried about you and Amelia, the union destroyed so much of our needed land that I'm afraid they will attack our home. The march caused our officers so much stress. Altlantas defeat was a travesty, our chance of winning is hard for me to imagine at this time in the war. All of our factories and manufacturing was in Atlanta and our trading and sales are going down as well.

last blog post-heydi

Dear ivarene,  the moment we've all been waiting for is finally here. We've come to the end of this horrific war. I don't know ...