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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 25, 1864

Georgia Soldier Remained Confident

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote home to his fiance, still confident their army could whip the Yankees, and encouraging the people of Georgia not to be despondent.

“…True it is a melancholly thought that we’ve commenced another year of suffering and toil, but it is also a pleasant reflection that Kind Providence assisting us, we’ve so far been victorious over our ruthless foe, and that we are now so well prepared to prosecute the war, with, if necessary, redoubled vigor. Why is it that the people of Ga. are so desponding? Is it because of one slight victory obtained over our troops? Let those desponding, look to the down trodden people of Virginia, for an example worthy of imitation. The enemy have been in this state ever since the beginning of our present struggle; they have besieged their capital, and penetrated almost every nook & corner; but still after all their trouble and misfortune, they are hopeful, and strongly believe there is a happy time coming. … I’m as strong a defender of Georgia’s character, as any one, I really believe she is now, as formerly, the ‘Empire state of the South’; but I’m sorry to say that I believe the people of Virginia have suffered more with less desponding than the people of Ga. ever could have done. … The army of (Genl. Lee) is by no means whipped, why should the people at home be? It is the duty of all to cheer the way worn, disheartened soldier and frown upon desertions and all will be well. …” Source: Clyde G. Wiggins III (ed.), My Dear Friend: The Civil War Letters of Alva Benjamin Spencer, 3rd Georgia Regiment, Company C (Macon, Mercer University Press, 2007), pp. 80-81.