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In Their Own Words

August 19, 1864

Georgia Woman Wrote to Fiance about Civil War

A young woman in Georgia wrote to her fiance serving in Virginia, telling about the war situation in their home state.

“…Genl. Hood still holds Atlanta, though a great many think, he will have to fall back. A regular engagement is daily looked for, at that point. Heavy fighting no doubt awaits us. If the enemy is successful what a sad fate to Georgia! I fear we will suffer from Yankee raids, so long as Sherman remains in the State. …”

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. 144.