Slavery and the Civil War
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- Did she fight for the North or the South? Under which commanding officer did she serve?
- Many families found that they were split on the issues involved with the Civil War, and had members in each army. Did this happen to her family?
- How did she keep in touch with her friends and family back home during this time? Did she save any letters she or they might have written?
- Describe basic training. Who was her commanding officer? Who were her peers? Where and for how long was she trained, if at all?
- Which weapons was she trained to use? How did she feel about using weapons?
- What were conditions like on the battlefield and in the army camps? Were there times when there wasn't enough food or clothing to go around?
- Which battles did she fight in? Describe the time, place, number of participants, and what happened. How did these battles affect the war as a whole? What role did her unit play in this battle?
- Was she injured in any way? Describe what happened. What kind of treatment did she receive?
- Did she heal quickly and return to battle, or was she sent home? How did it change her in ways that she still noticed years later?
- If she was an African-American, how was she treated in the army? Were conditions worse for her than for the other soldiers? If so, in what ways?
- When did she hear of the surrender at Appomattox? What did she feel at this time? Was this what she wanted? Had her fighting efforts served a purpose?
- After all was said and done, what did she learn from her experiences in the military? Why were these lessons valuable to her? How did they change her and her ideas or values?
- What sort of memorabilia did she save from this time? What did it symbolize to her? What memories and images did it bring back to her and her family in later years?