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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 22, 1864

Diary Entry on Readiness for War to End

William King of Cobb County recorded in his diary about three men staying with him - and how they were all ready for the war to end.

“Last evening 3 soldiers rode up to get shelter from the very heavy Rain, & remained with me until 10 o’clock before they could leave, they would have remained all night, but feared their Horses would be stolen, which I told them I thought was probable, they were very sensible men, they were very sensible men, & very anxious for this War to close, & asked if there was no way of closing it, but by but by wantonly killing off each otherwhen there was so little ill feelings between the soldiers & private citizens, they like all others hated the poor negro & said for their good they could never be placed in a more favorable condition than we now have them, but like all others they said the whole country would go to ruin if the Union was not restored. …” Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864