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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 01, 1864

Georgia Woman Wrote What She Wished for Sherman

A young Georgia woman wrote to her fiance in Virginia, telling what she knew of - and wished for - Sherman’s army in Georgia. Her hope was in vain.

“…Sherman has abandoned his entrenchments on his left and centre, and is massing on the left of Hood, with a view not fully explained. He is either playing a trick to deceive Hood, or his retreat has commenced. Reports say Genl. Wheeler is doing much damage to the enemy, and that Sherman’s communications have been effectively cut. I hope his whole army will soon be driven out of this state. We are very tired of his long visit, indeed we should have thanked him not to have come at all. …” 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), pp. 148-149.