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In Their Own Words

October 25, 1864

Georgia Woman Sent Fiance Copy of Herschel Johnson Letter

A young Georgia woman wrote to her fiance serving in Virginia, hoping he could come home over the winter. She knew little of the military situation in Georgia, but did mention (and send a copy) of Georgia Confederate Senator Herschel Johnson’s thoughts on peace negotiations.

“…Nothing affords me greater pleasure than a perusal of your letters. I hope the time is not far distant when we shall see each other. I do really think you ought to be permitted to visit Georgia this winter. Two years is a long time to be kept from home enduring so many hardships, sufferings and dangers. … I haven’t a word of news to write concerning the two armies, in this state. Hood, though, is certainly in Sherman’s rear, and doing much damage. …”

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. 167-168.