End of War to Reconstruction
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Our commander, Robert E. Lee, kept telling us the fight was over, and we needed to accept defeat. We didn't wanna hear it, and we didn't wanna give up. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, and Lee told us to unite as Americans again. How could we come back from this, so many lives were lost and everything was going downhill?
A few days later, Lincoln was shot. Lincoln was trying to help us in the seceded states. He wanted to help bring the nation back together, while many others in the North wanted harsh punishments for us. With him dying, I knew it would be really hard for the seceded states to rejoin the Union.
"With malice towards none, with charity for all... to bind up the nation's wounds..."
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
Everything was changing around me. The whole town was in a uproar over the 13th amendment. All slaves were freed, and they tried leaving the plantations. I felt really bad for all the plantation owners. Who is going to work their fields?
Whose gonna work on my plantation now!!!
The South was in complete ruins. Everywhere in town was destroyed, including the railroads, farms, and factories. Even my cousins house and farm was ruined, so they had to stay with us for a while. Thankfully we didn't live in Atlanta or Richmond because those cities were completely destroyed and many people were killed.
One of my cousins, who was staying with us, showed me his diary that told of all the harsh conditions of barely having enough food and barely getting sleep. He told me all about his hand to hand combat, as well as the many injuries he faced, one even permanent. He went through all that fighting only to come home to his house destroyed.
My cousin also told me about how he was glad his Mama was back home. His Pa was at war with him, so his Mama was trying to take care of his younger siblings. There was barely any food for her to take care of the kids, and they faced poverty and hunger. She also had to leave everyday and go work in a war factory and leave the young kids home alone.
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