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In Their Own Words

October 20, 1864

Captured Civil War Soldier Wrote Father that He was Well

A Georgia soldier who had been captured wrote home to his father to assure him he was well.

“…Knowing your anxiety to know my fate, I embrace this opportunity for the purpose of sending you a short note. I was captured in the action of yesterday and am doing well. … You need not suffer any uneasiness about me. I will write every opportunity. Give my love to all and reserve a goodly portion for yourself. As ever your affectionate son til death…”

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. 166.