Civil War Diary
March 21, 1861
My name is Brenda, I am a civilian. Abraham Lincoln has just been elected. I’ve heard that there is going to be a war because of the Confederates bombing Fort Sumter and I am deeply terrified. A couple days have past and I hear rifles and bombs going off , the Civil War is going on right outside my window my family and I are scared to death. We have just received a message that one of our family members that was in the war has died, we are all in shock and speechless. There have been about 620,000 soldiers that have died not only that got shot but because of diseases and starvation.
May 7th, 1862
A year has passed and not a lot has changed. The war is still going on outside as I am writing. Sadly, there has been more deaths. I am starting to cry every night and losing hope that the war will end soon. I have lost a big amount of friends that were soldiers. There have been a couple battles today in Virginia, The Battle of West Point and The Battle of Eltham’s Landing. I haven’t left my house in a year and I am tempted to go outside but I know it is too dangerous. I will continue to pray that the war will end soon.