In Their Own Words
August 12, 1861
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Monotony of Camp Life
A Georgia soldier wrote home to the woman he would eventually marry, telling her of the monotony of camp life, and thinking the war would be over within a year.
“…We are stationed at the same old place, and are going through the same dull routine of duties from morning till night. The most objectionable feature in a camp life is the monotony. Each day we have the same duties to perform as the preceding. It is very rarely the case that we have anything novel to engage our minds… I think everything will be peace and quiet in twelve months, and we will all be permitted to return home in Glory. Some think there will be a great many battles fought yet but I beg leave to differ…The name of the gallant Bartow will ever be a household word in the history of our own beloved Georgia. He died gallantly leading on his troops to victory…”
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. 18-20.