In one letter a mom wrote to her son:
|During the civil war most slaves were illiterate, but some could and wrote letters to their loved ones fighting in the war.|
|Some of the slang that solidiers used was hard for us to understand because it's so out of date.|
In Soliders little free time they would write home.
Mail men in the 1800s risked their lives during war time to deliver letters to and from warzones.
Sometimes it took letters months to reach the solidiers or homes.
|Women often wrote about how the children were and how life at home was going. Although they had to be careful not to write anything too personal in case the letter was opened before delivered.|
|Most letters were written on parchment paper|
|Letters were usually written with fountain pens or pencils|
|Letters were a way for families to keep in touch without being near each other. They kept loved ones close and updated on what was happening.|