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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 11, 1864

Woman Wrote Sherman Had Not Come to Her Part of Georgia

A young woman in Georgia wrote to her fiance serving in Virginia; she told him of being glad Sherman’s army had not come into their part of the state, and her concerns for her father and brothers trying to oppose him.

“…I have many times in my life wished Pa would sell out and move to middle Geo., as we would have the benefit of better schools and better society. Now I think about how thankful we should be that we are situated just where we are. It is the most safety place of refuge I can think of in this state. A great many refugees and exiles are flocking contin-ually to this county. I do hope Sherman’s army will not be permitted to make their escape in safety; but will all be captured or killed. I suppose they move very slowly in the direction of Savannah. I hope our force ahead is sufficient to meet them. In my last I told you Pa had to go in service as Gov. Brown’s last call embraced his age. He reported at Macon, had two exemptions, his county office and mill consequently he was discharged. You haven’t the least idea how rejoiced we were when he came. We had just sat down to supper table, when he drove in the yard and everyone jumped up and ran to meet him, negroes, too. … John and Joe started to their command during Sherman’s stay near Macon and were not permitted to go through, but in a few days were sent in company with a great many more Va. troops to Savannah by the lower rout, also the Militia went too. …” 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. 174.