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In Their Own Words

September 29, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Hard Marching and Having Belongings Stolen

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his fiance, telling of the hard marching they had endured during the campaign in Maryland, and of having his belongings stolen.

“…Since we left Richmond we’ve crossed the Potomac three or four times. You can imagine how pleasant it was marching at night with wet clothes on, many, many times. I do hope we will not be compelled to cross it again. I’m perfectly willing to remain on this side, for a while at least. There is no telling, though, what may happen, we may cross it again tomorrow. … Jack, Joe and Milt all seem to be getting along first rate; but like myself, they are getting tired of this unhallowed war. I do hope we will all be permitted to return home in peace once more, soon. … At the battle of Sharpsburg (the first fought in Maryland) my knapsack was stolen from me. I was thereby relieved of everything I had, now I have nothing.”

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. 63-64.