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Dear Diery,
  my name is ellis wilson. i am 25. i am a private from  providince rode iland and i am marred to kathryn wilson. kathryn is a housemaid for a welthy family. my wife is scared of wat wil hapen if slavry ends altho she thinks it is rong. i hate slavry as much as my wife. my mother is a slav is gergia but she wil be free one day. she wil escape to the north thro the undergrond railroad. traning is tof and i mis my wife. if only i coud see her face one more time.  evry time i go to sleep i think about her and i miss her sweet soft smil.we got in a big fight because she did not want me to leave her she thinks i do not love her anymore but evry day i miss her with all my sole. evry day we get up we must stand and greet our regiment leeder and start owr work. since im a private i get payed 11-13 dolars a month. they told me that was alot so i beleved them. I just started camp of instructon where they will teach me the easy stuf. they gave me a uniform that had a wool cowt wool trowsers with suspenders socks cow shoes a shirt and a grayt coat. i  hav to work the hole day, even night And i work evryday! Life is hard as a soldier. Practically all we do is eat, drill, clean and  gard. Exept on sundays we go to church and clean up. Im still getting used to the prosess.
i hope woever sees this in the future will be able to change what is hapening today. Because of this my hole family is in trouble.

Ellis Wilson

Weak 1


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