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In Their Own Words

January 25, 1865

Soldier on Furlough Prepared to Return to Duty

A Georgia soldier at home on furlough wrote to his fiance as he was preparing to return to Virginia.

“…Tomorrow is my last day at home, and it is indeed sad to think that I am so soon to leave, perhaps never to return. Today I have been busy entertaining friends, and packing up a box of eatables. I thought ‘twouldn’t do to commence starving so soon after getting into camp. … You know I do not wish to leave home; but I hear so many discouraging reports, and see so many whipped men I’m almost crazy. ‘Tis a shame on Georgia that so many are actually in favor of reconstruction. I have no sympathy with such, and can almost be rejoiced at any calamity that befalls them. ‘Tis indeed, poor encouragement to our armies. Some are determined to be subjugated, whether or no. I say shame on all such. …”

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. 178-179.