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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 08, 1864

Diary Entry on Polite Union Officers, But Stragglers Stealing

William King of Cobb County again wrote in his diary of the “depredations” committed by Union soldiers straggling through Marietta.

Another day has dawned upon my dreary life. I went to town for a short time and returned home, this day in common with the preceeding, I have had visits from many officers, some spending the nights with me, all pleasant men, and each man [torn] sympathetic spirits. I [torn] Federal Army [torn] Nothing has yet occurred to change my opinion of them–as men of good character and reprobations the many depredations which are being committed by the stragglers of the Army. Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864