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In Their Own Words

May 03, 1864

Civil War Soldiers in Virginia Expected Battle Soon

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his wife - he had heard a battle was coming.

“…It is thought that we will have a battle here soon, though I can’t tell. I expect we will have a bad fight. The army on both sides is large and commanded by the best generals that is north or south. May God defend the right and the just cause and may God shield us. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), p. 256.

Another Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote his fiance with similar ideas.

“…This morning, we received orders to send all tents to the rear, so I expect we will have to try it outdoors awhile. I have been expecting it some time, so I am not at all surprised. Everything indicates a move of some sort soon. I expect I am just as well prepared now as I will be. …”

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), p.115.