This Day in Georgia Civil War History
July 29, 1864
Calm Day, Concern for Son Recorded in Diary
William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of a relatively calm day, his desire to go someplace else, and his concern for his son fighting in Atlanta.
I had a comfortable nights rest last night & no noise about. Col. E. had appointed guards [torn] of the House, with the officers with me, everything is orderly & quiet; without them I have to act officer myself. I made Mr. Shepard a visit this morning, all getting on well, but he getting very anxious to make such a disposition of his 37 Bales Cotton as to enable him & his family to leave for the North, he like myself getting very anxious to get to town, but we still are excluded and this Bushwacky excitement will keep us the longer out. Some of the soldiers told me this morning that it was reported that some of our Guerillas had been seen in the neybourhood. The provost Marshall from town was here yesterday, I asked what probability there was us country people being allowed to go to town, he said it was very uncertain. I asked if they would give me permission to go to the North, he said they would any time I may desire to go, if I am to be excluded from town long, I will either go North or South, provided I can get some good family to take care of the House & servants during my absence, for I cannot leave without some careful person in charge, without every thing would soon be destroyed or stolen, & the servants driven to find some thing to eat. As anxious as I am to be away from this solitary Home, I cannot leave as things are. Messrs. Shepard & Goodman are much disappointed and annoyed at the delay in arranging for their cotton to enable them to leave here for the North. The Government will not yet consent to cotton being sold or shipped to the North, which compells them to remain. I heard this afternoon that there had been some fighting the day before yesterday to the West of Atlanta near G. but have not heard the result. We heard the heavy cannonading, every severe fight increases my anxiety about our little boy. Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864