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The Lives Of Children During The Revolutionary War

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Mama opened the door and in came the gelid air filling the room. I could barely make out the figure of a small woman for she was covered with flimsy knit cloth. I could see her face clearly, but something was wretchedly wrong. I then assumed this little woman was our neighbor, Marianne. Marianne had tears gently rolling down her rosy cheeks. Marianne stuck her hand which held a letter, with Mama’s name. In a meek groggy voice she told Mama, “ I am so sorry Dorthea. I regret that I have to tell you this, but Eric will not be coming home anytime soon or ever. He was killed in the Battle of Oriskany. I am so sorry.” There was a moment of silence. The only sounds heard were of the strong January wind. Breaking the ice, Mama mumbled a sentence or two. With what seemed like fury Mama slammed the door in poor Marianne’s pessimistic face. As Mama passed me I caught a glimpse of her eyes filled with enmity, but softened with a touch of sadness and angst I could hear Mama whimper and sob as she made her way to the privy. All the thoughts in my head began to race of what I had just so meticulously eavesdropped on, bursting through these thoughts a meek voice spoke out. “Why is Mama crying,” asked Elisabeth? I looked at her pale sickly face, as she twirled around a ragged doll that she seemed to never part with, and I knew I could never put such a burden on this feeble child. What a monster I would be to do such a horrendous thing to an eight-year old who had smallpox. I looked back at Elisabeth and replied, “ Nothing … Mama just misses Papa. You wait here and play with your doll. Okay?” She then nodded her head in agreement. I, Jane Addams a 10-year old girl had a whole family to take care of. Mama would never talk anymore. I was so full of fury because she thought that she could drop everything. My mother would not cook, clean, speak, or even interact with us. My fury built up so much over time I burst. I yelled at her as she would just sit in her bed and watch me as she fiddled with the last letter Papa ever wrote her. Every time I try to recall the news these overwhelming feelings resurface and I just had to push them down. For being weak was no longer an option, this was a revolution.

The year was 1777 and Papa had departed for to fight the Red Coats a year and a half ago. He was and would always be a firm Patriot. In my family we had little Elisabeth who was the youngest, I, Jane, was the middle child, the oldest child, my brother Andrew, my mother Dorthea, and my father Eric Addams. I would always have these thoughts that made me believe that I, in terms of having more...

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