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In Their Own Words

September 15, 1861

Civil War Soldier Recorded Destruction of Lighthouse

A Georgia soldier in North Carolina wrote in his diary of the destruction of a lighthouse - a sad (in his opinion), but necessary action.

“…To-say (15th) Major Lee went to Oregon inlet, to destroy the light house near that place, to prevent the Yankees from coming into the Sound at night. He succeeded in blowing it up, by burying a keg of powder in its’ walls, and touching fire to it by a match. It cost the old government some sixty (or) eighty thousand dollars. The glass was an inch or two in thickness. It looked as if it were a pity to destroy such valuable property.”

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. 28.