In Their Own Words
September 25, 1861
Civil War Artillery Practice Witnessed
A Georgia soldier in North Carolina wrote in his diary of witnessing some target practice on the water.
“…To-day (25th) we had the extreme pleasure of seeing the artilleryman practice shooting at an object placed in the channel of the sound, a distance of three miles. First they fired a blank cartridge from each gun, it being the first time they had ever shot a canon. Next they fired shot and shell at the buoy, and some came very near it…”
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. 34.