The Diary of
April 12th, 1863
Fort Sumtner has been fired upon. It seems the C.S.A. has
declared war. I will wait for news from my friend, John Smith,
but it will take a while for, we are in Davenport, and he is in
South Carolina. I am nervous to what we will receive.
April 13th, 1863
It is certain now that the Confederates have declared war. I'm
still expecting news from John but I'm no longer certain it will
even arrive. John please hurry! Your family and I await news
April 14th, 1863
News has reached us here in Davenport. It seems there
was only one casualty despite the constant shelling for
thirty-four hours. The one casualty was due to the barrel of
someone's gun exploding. Thank the dear lord there wasn't more
than one casualty.
April 15th, 1863
John has returned home safely. His family and I were
ecstatic until he had to leave again on military business. I am
not sure if I should join him in the army or not. I guess I will
have to sleep on it.
April 16th, 1863
I've decided not to enlist in the military, for I
have my mother to take care of. I will mail John weekly and hope
for his survival. I hope this war doesn't last long.
April 17th, 1863
I've heard that this is exactly what England has been
hoping for. It seems England hopes the north will lose the war so
the United States will stay separated. They are planning on
attacking the States at the end of the war. I pray the United
States repairs itself.
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