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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.