Soldier Letter/Diary

Civil War soldiers wrote letters and kept diaries. Pretend you are a soldier (you can be either Union or Confederate) and you have just gotten the word of the surrender. Write either a diary entry or a letter to your parents expressing your feelings about getting the news that the war might be coming to an end.

April 9th 1865

Did You Know?
Ely Parker, who wrote the final copy of Grant’s terms, was a Seneca Indian Chief.

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