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In Their Own Words

July 13, 1864

Georgia Civil War Soldier in Virginia Anxious for News

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his fiance, anxious for news from home.

“…No letter yet. Still I am doomed to sad disappointment. I hope, however, to get several at once in a few days, as the rail road communication with the South is now about established. I do anticipate so much pleasure. There’s not an hour but that your image comes up before me, and besieged as we are, our anxiety is doubly increased. I’m so anxious to hear how your anticipated visit terminated; and everything else connected with Georgia. Since the enemy has made his appearance in our own dear State, I can’t think there can be any dearth of news, and I assure you anything you may write, will interest me. The situation of affairs around Petersburg remains about the same. Grant still continues the barbarous practice of throwing shells into the city, occupied only by defenseless women and children. He seems afraid to make an advance. So he keeps up an incessant sharp shooting, and shelling, accomplishing nothing. …”

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. 132.