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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 11, 1864

Soldier Wrote of Long March

Another Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his fiance about a very long march he had to endure.

“…I delayed writing to you on last Sunday contrary to my previous determination, on account of circumstances wholly beyond my control. The enemy crossed the Rapid Ann at Moreton’s ford, on our extreme right, and at Barnett’s ford on our extreme left, at both of which places there was a short but spirited engagement; our brigade, for a wonder, was not engaged. About twelve o’clock Saturday night, we received orders to be ready to march at daylight. Accordingly at the first appearance of dawn, we started off in the rain to go somewhere, we knew not where. After marching nearly all day we arrived in camp, completely broken down. I was never in my life so tired. I could hardly sleep for pain. we are now once more quietly ensconced in our cosy little shanty, and hope to remain so, for some time yet to come. I think it was the intention of the enemy to make a raid on Gordonsville; but I’m happy to say they were handsomely foiled at every point. …” 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. 85.