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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 06, 1861

Soldier Spent His Birthday Marching

Yet another Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote in his diary of how he spend his birthday.

“…This morning (6th) being my birthday - 21 years old - we bundled up our trash and marched to our new encampment, about four miles distant. Quite a novel way in which to celebrate such an occasion. As soon as we arrived, we pitched our tent, and were soon nicely fixed up. About 12 oclock a boat came from Portsmouth, bringing Dr. Morgan having been absent on furlough. By him I rec.d a letter, and a birthday cake, besides other good things sent me from home. …” 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. 26.