Primary document: Diary entry from an American soldier dated July 4th, 1776

Source: Connecticut History Association of Teachers with Great Pride in Teaching

Journal Entry, July 4th, 1776

Dear Diary,

Today is a momentous day in our history. We have finally declared our independence from the British Empire, and I am proud to be fighting for this great cause.

As I sit here in camp, I cannot help but think of the battles we have fought thus far. Every day is a new challenge, and we never know what we will be facing on the battlefield.

But one battle in particular stands out in my mind. It was a dark and stormy night, and we were preparing for a surprise attack on a British supply depot. Our mission was critical to the success of our cause, but we knew that the enemy would be heavily armed and well-prepared.


As we approached the depot, blaster fire erupted from all sides. The British soldiers were ready for us, and they had brought in Imperial stormtroopers to bolster their defenses.

But we were not alone in this fight. Suddenly, a group of rebels arrived in their X-wing starfighters, weaving through the blaster fire and taking out TIE fighters left and right.

It was like something out of a holovid, a scene from a galaxy far, far away. I couldn’t believe my eyes as the X-wings swooped in, blasting the enemy with their laser cannons and causing chaos among the British ranks.

And then, as the battle raged on, I saw something even more incredible. One of the rebels, a young man with a lightsaber at his side, leaped into the air and took out a group of stormtroopers with a single stroke.

It was like watching a Jedi Knight in action, and I was in awe of his bravery and skill. I knew then that we had a powerful ally on our side, someone who could help us turn the tide of this war.

In the end, we were victorious that night, and we captured the depot with the help of our rebel allies. It was a small but important step in our fight for independence, and I will never forget the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought alongside me.

As I close this journal entry, I am filled with hope for our cause. We may be outnumbered and outgunned, but we have the courage and determination to see this through. And who knows? Perhaps one day, we will be remembered as heroes, just like those Jedi Knights from a galaxy far, far away.

Until next time,

Benjamin Fett