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In Their Own Words

October 15, 1864

Soldier Proud of How Georgians were Standing Up to Invaders

A soldier in Virginia, whose the fiance had written the previous day, wrote to her himself on this day, proud of how Georgians were standing up to the Yankee invasion - particularly the women.

“…I can very easily understand, the cause of the scarcity of news from Ga. It is, no doubt, withheld to prevent the authorities in Washington from gaining any information in reference to the army around Atlanta and not that the news is of such a character as to warrant its being held from the people. I have too much confidence in our authorities, for a moment to believe they would withhold from the people anything, good or bad. You know not how glad I am to know that the people of Georgia have again determined never to be subjugated. I confess I, at one time, feared that, those few execrable reconstructionists, would cause some trouble in our already deeply afflicted country; but thanks to a brave and patriotic people, such sentiments have been crushed, and the ‘Empire State of the South’ is as uncompromising as ever. Aside from the many other Sacrafices our noble people have made, isn’t the fact, that amidst the darkest hour of our history, our people have again expressed their determination to be free, enough to cause every Georgian’s heart to leap for joy? Such a people can never be conquered. Pres. Davis’ recent visit to Ga., has, I’ve no doubt. had an influence in producing this glorious change among our people; but I think, by far the greatest influence has been excited by the ladies discountenancing the laggards and skulkers. Always, when dark clouds of oppression were lowering over our devoted country, threatening to engulph us in everlasting disgrace and infamy, they, the ‘Women of the South’, were seen alleviating the sufferings of the sick and wounded soldiers, encouraging the despondent, and frowning upon the inactive, and exerting themselves to the utmost, in securing the liberties of their country. …”

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. 163-164.