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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 08, 1865

Woman Wrote Fiance, Hoping War Would End Soon

A young Georgia woman wrote to her fiance in Virginia, hoping he would get the letter with communication lines and railroads so uncertain; she told him of Sherman reaching the coast and of her desire for the war to end soon.

“…Sure enough Sherman has reached the coast. I believe he can go any where he pleases. Some predict that he will take Augusta next. I hope this letter will go through first. I’m about to despair of our ever gaining our independence. We have had so many reverses of late. I still think this spring, the struggle will be decided. Let our fate be what it may, I want to see it. I wish the suspense to be done away with. …” 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. 178.