Step 1: Write a short essay of 300 words on the following question: what
were some of the characteristics of a personal experience of the Civil War?
1) Introduction with
thesis sentence in bold print.
2) Body paragraphs with
topic sentences in italics and a direct quote.
3) Cite using abbreviated
website in parentheses after direct quotes
4) Reiterate thesis in
5) Length: 300 words
Here is an article what needs to be read and to answer a question that is listed above in Step 1.
A Letter Home (Confederate)
July 15th, 1864
Dear Sister -
- - - - - - - -Pickets don't fire
at each other now. We go down to the edge of the river on our side and the
Yankees come down on their side and talk to each other. The men on picket
opposite are from Ohio, and seem very tired of the war. They say that their
term of enlistment will be out in three months and most of them say that when
it is out they are going home. Gen. Johnson has issued an order that there
shall be no more communication between with them, and I think it is well that
he has done so because they were getting too intimate. Some men don't know
what should be concealed. The Yankees are very much in want of tobacco, and
our Government gives it to us, and we used to trade tobacco with them for
knives and canteens. There is a rock near the middle of the river to which
they would swim and trade. After a while they got so well acquainted that
some of our men would swim clear across and land among the Yankess. The
Yankees were not so bold for a long time, but a few days ago they got to
coming across also. That has been broken up now and if any trading is carried
on, it is done contrary to orders.- - - - I took some tobacco down with me
the other day but I found out when I got there communication had been
stopped. As I was sitting on the banks, one of the Yankees from the other
side called to me to know if I had any tobacco. I told him I had. He said
that he had a good knife to trade for it. I told him that trading was
prohibited. He said "Your officers won't see you, come over, I want a
chew of tobacco very bad." I asked some of them who they were going to
vote for President. One of them said "Old Abe" but most of them
said they were for McLellan.
We have a fine rain last night
that was much needed. I had my oil cloth pitched for a tent but it leaks very
badly. I got rather wet but the rain was very hard and lasted only a short
time, and I got dry and went back to bed and slept very well. One of the
Yankee Lieutenants promised to mail some letters for one of our officers and
I wrote to Aunt Martha expecting to send it at the same time but Gen. Johnson
stopped the proceeding so I did not send it. There is a force of Yankees on
this side of the river and have been there for some time. Why Gen. Johnson
don't drive them back I don't know he must have some object in view.
Write to me soon..
Editor notes-I selected this letter for a number
of reasons. First, it shows a side of war that most people ignore. It is not
unusual for troops from opposite sides to mingle when not fighting. Second it
comes two days prior to Jefferson Davisremoving Joseph E. Johnston as Commander and replacing him with John Bell Hood. The final sentence details much of the argument about tactics
over which Davis and Johnston fought. Finally, the letter speaks of the coming
election in November. This is very important in the South. At the time, the
South viewed McLellan as a peace candidate so support for him would have been
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