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In Their Own Words

July 04, 1864

Diary Entry on Aftermath of Fall of Marietta

William King wrote in his diary of the sad aftermath of the Union capture of his hometown of Marietta.

4 July. 1864. “Monday morning, bright and clear in nature, but my spirits much depressed I went to town. Every thing looked changed, all strange faces, but few acquaintances to be found. I visited a few friends and then returned to my lonely Home, feeling solitary and deserted, cut off even from correspondence with my family and friends, and feeling as I was entirely among strangers, gave me another dull night for rest, and compelled me to indulge many painful reflections upon the sad consequences of war, and particularly this war, for which I was in no way culpable and had exerted all my powers to prevent–and from which I so sadly suffered.”

Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864