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In Their Own Words

February 24, 1865

Georgia Woman Glad to Hear from Civil War Soldier Fiance

A Georgia woman wrote to her fiance serving in Virginia; she was glad to get a letter from him and hoped the one she was writing would get back to him.

“…Last evening I was most agreeable surprised by the reception of your most interesting letter of the 4th inst. Having heard that communications were cut off, I greatly feared a long time would elapse before I would again have the happy pleasure of hearing from you. I was almost afraid to expect a letter, lest I should be disappointed; but I’m truly glad my supposition was wrong, that Sherman had not accomplished that which he so much desires, and I so hope he may never be permitted to destroy effectually the communication. … Well something else now. I’m truly glad you arrived safely in camps with your boxes. You certainly had a most disagreeable trip. Soldiers going from here won’t carry anything back for their friends, owing to the conditions of the roads. I know it must be very troublesome to carry boxes through, but of course one hates to refuse knowing how much they appreciate such a favor from others. … The people seem to very uneasy about the condition of Gen’l. Lee’s army, lest it should suffer for provisions. We cannot hear any news from S.C. whatever. The movements of the two armies are kept secret for some purpose. I hope Sherman will get a good whipping whenever he makes an attack. …”

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. 191-193.