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In Their Own Words

June 21, 1864

Woman Wrote Fiance of Civil War Situation in Georgia

A Georgia woman wrote to her fiance stationed in Virginia; she remained optimistic about the war, although one of her relatives and the politicians she mentioned apparently did not share that optimism. She also mentioned refugees from north Georgia coming into her part of the state in Dooly County, and that the rain was affecting them in south Georgia too.

“…John is yet in the hospital at Lynchburg, has been quite sick but was improving at last accounts. He is rather desponding about the war, says there is no prospect of a termination of hostilities soon or late. I am going to tease him when I next write him. He used to laugh so much at me whenever I expressed any fears in reference to our fate. I have not lost hopes of a better day coming. Gen. Timmbs says this, ‘the present is the brightest day which has ever dawned upon our Confederacy.’ But Gov. Brown and Mr. Stephens would have us believe it is about the darkest. My motto is to fight on fight ever rather than submit to Yankee rule and oppression. A great many refugees are coming in here from the upper portion of the state. I don’t think the Yankees will ever want to come down this far, if so, we are fortunately situated, are we not? … We have been having a great deal of rain for the past two weeks which has almost destroyed the whole wheat crop through this section. Pa says not one in fifty will be able to save seed. We have been more fortunate than a good many as our best wheat was saved before the rain set it. The corn crop will not be near so good. The water courses are very high. Pa says there is much uneasiness among the people in reference to the prospect of provisions for the next year. …”

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. 126-127.