Civil War Journal Essay

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1861, July 16 The battle of Bull Run ended today. Northerners, like myself, know it as Bull Run but the Confederates know it as Manassas. This battle is giving me bad thoughts about the outcome of this war. This was a Southern victory and the Confederate army looks high in spirit and high in confidence, compared to the hurt, tired, and disappointed North. The great leadership of the Confederate generals won this battle. Their plans and attacks were no match for the Union ones. I hope the North can do something to rebound from this great loss, maybe there will be a second battle. 1862, December 31 Today I attended a gathering at the Tremont Temple. It was in Boston so I had to travel a ways. At the Tremont Temple many black, including…show more content…
Let us accept it, and forever wipe out the dark reproaches unsparingly hurled against us by our enemies. Let us win for ourselves the gratitude of our country, and the best blessings of our posterity through all time." 1863, May 28 Today my two sons, Lewis and Charles, left at Boston for South Carolina for the Massachusetts all-Negro fifty-fourth Regiment. I have mixed feelings about this. I am proud as ever to see my own family, my sons, fight for what they believe in and take pride in this country. From a "protective father" point of view, I am worried that they will get hurt or even killed in battle, and if we will never reunite together. I am not going to think about that, only positive thought. The total war plan that the generals are using are not going to help their odds of living, but if that's how this country is going to come back together it should be used. 1863, June 24 Today General Lee made his second invasion of the North. He invaded and a battle took place in Gettysburg. Lee led his Confederate Army across the Potomac River and headed towards Pennsylvania. Noticing this, President Lincoln replaced his army commander, General Joseph Hooker, with General George Mead. As Lee's troops went into Pennsylvania, Mead led the Union Army north from Washington. Lee's cavalry commander, Jeb Stuart, who, instead of reporting Union movements to Lee, had started a raid deep in the Union rear, accidentally helped Meade's
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