January 1864

January Commentary

Winter weather, although not as severe as Spencer would have remembered from Michigan, kept both armies quiet. His three letters to his mother emphasize the Christmas gifts he received as well as the box of food. He voices his opinion on a number of topics including some interpersonal issues with the Company’s officers, a rumored plan to attack the Confederate capital of Richmond, and, his somewhat surprising thoughts on the African American units now joining the Union Army. And, as always, he urges his mother to write.


Spencer’s next letters will be posted on January 12, 20, and 31.

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