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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 04, 1865

Soldier Wrote Fiance After Furlough

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his fiance after just returning from a furlough.

“…I am once more safely in camp, after having undergone the most disagreeable hardship I ever experienced. Just think of my being on the road since the morning of the 26th. I missed connection at the first depot, and at every other junction between Georgia and Virginia. … I found my brigade just returned from another raid in the direction of Weldon. They were very much fatigued, and represented the trip as having been much more severe than the former. I was fortunate in missing it, don’t you think so?…above all they are not whipped. While the people (a part of them) are ready for reconstruction. The soldiers are very much displeased with the ‘situation’ of affairs in Georgia, and I expect some of them, will receive some ‘raking’ documents. … 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. 180.