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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 23, 1864

Furlough Not Likely for Soldier

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote his fiance with the sad news that he likely would not be getting a furlough to come visit her.

“…I’ve delayed writing to you for sometime, hoping that very soon I should have the exquisite pleasure of answering your last in “propria personnae”; but it now seems that I’m doomed to disappointment again. Our furloughs have been gone, now, six or seven days, and it does seem as if they were gone for good. … I day or two since I received a letter from Father informing me that Mother had received a severe fall, and he was afraid that it might prove serious. … This information makes me more than ever anxious to receive our furloughs. I know however that if there is sickness in our family, it will greatly interfere with my expected visit to Dooly; if that is the only difficulty, however, I shall try and come anyhow. I have never attempted anything, which promised me much pleasure, but something was sure to happen to prevent. … I’m almost afraid to start home, for fear I will cause you to be disappointed…” 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. 87.