In Their Own Words
September 06, 1861
Civil War Soldier Spent His Birthday Marching
A 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.