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In Their Own Words

October 03, 1864

Woman Wrote that Georgians were Recovering

A young Georgia woman wrote to her fiance serving in Virginia, telling him of the feeling in Georgia, and what little she knew of the current military situation.

“…I believe the people have fully recovered now from the discouraging effects produced by the fall of Atlanta. I don’t hear any advocate reconstruction. All seem to be, since seeing Genl. Hood’s communication to Sherman, and hearing President Davis’ speech in Macon on his visit to Genl. Hood’s headquarters, more determined than ever if possible, not to be subjugated. … I’m unable to enlighten you with any new incidents from our army, or allow me, to call it, merely the Georgia army. I don’t like to claim it as ours so long as it meets with so many reverses. … You say ‘You are proud to belong to Genl. Lee’s army.’ I’ve heard the same expression from many who belonged to that army and I agree with you that you ought to consider it an honor. In my last, I think I said it was thought Genl. Bragg would supercede Hood, it should have been Beauregard, although he hasn’t done so yet, but many think it probable. …”

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. 159-160.