I heard you guys won and lost at Bunker Hill. I'm so proud of you. When I grow up I want to be just like you. I don't want to be afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I want to be fearless and brave. I wish you were home right now. Laura has small pox. It's getting really bad. I can't see Laura anymore because Mama is scared I might get small pox too. I miss her but I still get to talk to her through the door. I miss you more. I hope that when you get this letter you'll write back.
P.S. Don't forget to tell me all about Bunker Hill.
I am so proud of you. You are growing up to be such a fine boy. It means so much to me that you look up to me like that. I miss you so much. I made a friend named John Smith. He has a little boy your age too. When we become independent maybe you could meet him sometime. Wouldn't that be fun? Don't you worry about Laura; I know God will let her get better. Again, I'm proud of you for caring so much about your sister. I brag about you two to the soldiers here all the time. Nobody has kids as great as mine. Bunker Hill was a rush to me. At first I was nervous watching the red coats march toward us. I began to gain confidence as I saw us start winning. I shot five men. I saw at least three of them die on the spot. I'm not proud of it Samuel. War is a bloody thing. Never let anyone tell you war is a good thing because it isn't. It kills people. Ruins families. I have to stand up for what I believe in. If I don't I'm not sure life would be good for you and Laura when you're all grown up. We can't have that can we? I know you're mother is still upset about me off at war. She hasn't written me yet. I still write her as much as I can. Send her my love.
Did you fight in The Battle of Gloucester? If you did I bet you were brave. I'm happy you made a friend. Now you won't be as lonely. Were you lonely… and are you still? I talked to Mother like you asked. She is writing a letter to you right now! Mother was saying how she was taking her feelings out on you and that isn't right. Laura is getting worse. I have faith in God too. See I'm just like you! I think people have to get really sick before God can fix them. I can't believe you killed some people! I hope the Lord forgives you. I know he will because you did it for a good reason. Things are looking better over here. Tell George Washington that it's working! Remember my friend Joseph Johnson? His dad died of small pox. I knew he was your friend so I made sure I would tell you. I know you'll never die though because nothing could hurt you.
I miss you Father,
Yes I did fight in The Battle of Gloucester. I tried my best though it wasn't enough. You can bet the British are getting what they deserve though. Just wait Samuel, pretty soon we'll be our own country. At least I hope. I am lonely sometimes. Sometimes I wish I was home with your mother and Laura, and of course you. I'm proud to serve America though. I have more friends now. We keep each other company while we miss home. Keep praying and Laura will be fine. I know it. I got your mother's letter. It was truly sweet and I already wrote back! I hope the Lord does forgive me for killing those men. War is bloody. I think I already told you that though. I am sad to learn that Mr. Johnson died. I give my regards to the Johnson family. I miss you too. How's Rebel?
Things aren't good here. You were wrong. God didn't save Laura.. she's dead. Mother can't stop crying. I've been crying a lot too. I really miss her. It's hard to even imagine that she's gone. All I can think about is you and Laura. I hope that you're safe. Nothing is good enough if you don't try your best. Since you did I am very proud of you. I don’t worry as much now that I know you have friends who help you. I'm very glad that you have people you can talk to. Everyone here is calling the soldiers heros. That means that you're a hero too. Even if you aren't, you're my hero. Rebel's fine. She gave birth to some puppies around a week ago. They look very healthy and we found some people who want to buy them! Do you think we're going to win the war? I do. I don't want to be a part of Britain. That's another reason why I'm just like you. I miss Laura so much it hurts. I'm sure when you find out she's dead you will too.
Lots of love,
Dear fellow Patriot,
I'm sorry for your loss. The person you tried to mail your last letter to has recently passed away in The Shelling of Stonington. Be proud because you're relative is helping us become our own country. Again, I'm sorry for your loss.
The Continental Army
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