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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 22, 1864

Diary Entry Felt Southerners Being Punished for Sins

While battle raged to the south, William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of all the supplies passing through town destined to fatten Sherman’s army, and how he felt Southerners were being punished by God for their sins.

Not feeling very well last night from a cold and some feverish feeling, I went to bed early, but had rather a restless night; this morning I feel pretty well again, my cold has pretty much passed off. May God in his goodness deliver me from sickness this summer, to be even unwell with my wife away from me and I so lonely would be sad suffering to me, but I must put my trust in God and be resigned. Major Flagg and his man left me this morning to go to the River, he will probably return tonight–with no other white person in the house but myself, I cannot prudently leave it even for a few minutes at a time, there are so many robbers prowling about in the day as well as night, they have no regard to the negroes. I have written another letter to my wife hoping I may have an opportunity of getting it off. I will continue to write regularly to her, although I fear but few of my letters will ever reach her–it is painful to be so separated without the means of communicating with each other how much more happiness were we permitted to enjoy, before this cruel, stupid politicians’ war was inaugurated! Large droves of Beef cattle are this morning being driven to the front; the Beef which accompany the Federal Army are very fine, being large and fat, I learn they are mostly from Ohio–the multitude of dead horses and mules about is a great nuisance, about a dozen have been recently burnt within a few hundred yards of the House, and 5 more remaining to be done something with–war is a calamity to beast as well as Man; yet ambition and bad men will often involve a happy country in war with but little provocation. So God deals with his creatures for the sins of a few. Maj. Flagg and his man returned home this afternoon, but to leave me for good tomorrow. I heard this evening that Gen’l Rousseau had a cavalry raid as far as Montgomery and had burnt a part of the town, and that he had burnt the R.R. bridge at West Point, I asked if there had been any fighting there, yes, but not much, that Gen’l R. had 12 men killed, but no information could be given me of the loss on our side; how this intelligence overwhelmed me with anxiety knowing that our dear boy was stationed there with Gen’l. Capers to aid in protecting that bridge, knowing nothing of his fate, nor could I learn for a long time. How many fearful forebodings of evil will force themselves on my depressed heart, in God will I place my trust, he is wise and good, he will overrule all things well, whatever man in his wickedness and weakness may try to do, God will overrule all for the good of His children, could we only feel with true confidence that we were of the Household of faith how cheerfully resigned would we be to the many trials of life and be ready to depart and be at peace in Heaven, how blessed are the dead, who have died in the Lord–this sad, cruel war, upon whom rest the great sin of having involved this happy, peaceful prosperous country in it? May God deal with his accustomed mercy in punishing His weak and sinful creatures. Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864