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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 16, 1864

Diary Mentioned More Plundering, Wondered What Food Would be Left

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of more plundering by Union soldiers, and his concerns over what would be left for the locals to eat when the soldiers were finally gone.

This morning dry and pleasant, dust well laid, I went to town, endeavored to get a guard for Mrs. McClatchey and could get the partial promise of one for her this afternoon–nothing new in town, Rev’d Mr. Fitch informed me Mrs. Sex Morris was anxious to see me to advise her in making some arrangements for passing within our Lines. I sent a message to her, that I would try to see her on Monday, but told her that I did not think she would be able to get through the Lines for some time yet, her family had all gone, she and one of her children had been accidentally left. Rev’d Mr. Holsinger left us this morning to preach to his Reg’t tomorrow, promising to return on Monday, he is a good companion. I saw several country people today who told me they had been stript of everything they had by the robbers, one told me he had a little left and was dividing with his more needy neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Butler among the number. I saw a number of Pat Anderson’s negroes on the Road to town, women and children, they said they had lost all their provisions, and had to come to town to try and make something to live on, poor creatures they will find it a hard task to take care of so many children, a Master’s head and care would now be of much value to them, but the Master was gone and they left to think for themselves. Very few cars running on the Road. I feel quite lonely and dull this evening a country man (Hutchins) who has moved with his family into Mr. Russel’s house informed me that he and his family (wife and seven children) living about 13 miles from town on the Powder Spring Road, had a good crop and an abundance of provisions, horses, hogs, & cattle, but had been robbed of everything, excepting 2 days’ supply of cornmeal by about 50 Federal stragglers, who came to his House at one time, and he was compelled to move to town to find work to support them–and that most of his neighbors had suffered the same fate, and many must starve unless some provision was speedily made for their support. Those of us who have been more favored can do something but not much, the Federal Authorities provide rations in urgent cases–it is appalling to think of the sufferings which await the poor of this county, this present summer many will be compelled to move to [torn] Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864