Tag: civil war

Spring 1863 No. 14

  In the year of 1863, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.    Dear Samuel, I am in receipt of your letter informing mother and I of the death of our son and brother...

Winter 1862 No. 13

  In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.    Dear Brothers, You may recollect that as children you teased that I talked “just to hear my head rattle.”  That may...

Autumn 1862 No. 12

  In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.      Dear Brothers, My letter has been written, my condolences said, and I am stuck with no action to distract me...

Summer 1862 No. 11

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.        Dear Brothers, I have lost whatever sense of optimism I may have possessed at the beginning of this year.  I fear...

Spring 1862 No. 10

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, March is here and spring has truly blessed us with its presence.  As the days lengthen and the sun seemed...

Spring 1862 No. 9

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, Do not be mistaken, the snow is still deep and the mountain paths we walked to pick berries are still...

Summer 1861 No. 8

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.   Dear Brothers, I have concluded I live a dual existence. Tonight, I sit on the front porch, the same front porch father...

Summer 1861 No 7

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, Please don’t think me weak or without resolve. Winter is coming and after only a single campaign season, I...

Summer 1861 No 6

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.   Dear Brothers, As you know, I am attempting to record my thoughts, feelings and prayers to share with you both, upon your...

Summer 1861 No 5

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.   Dear Brothers, The Army has returned to Elmira. I should be more accurate, I guess, as the Army never really left our...