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In Their Own Words

July 05, 1864

Diary Entry on “Robbers”

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary how his neighbors had not been spared from the “Robbers” as the Union army came through Marietta.

5 July. 1864. As the preceeding day, I went to town, saw a few friends, enquired into their suffering; nearly all of whom in common with myself, had suffered more or less from the robbers on Sunday & Monday. Some had lost everything The negroes had fared no better, old Mamie, the servant of Mrs. Duncan, who staid in her yard, was in great distress and [torn] sadly, she informed me that the Robbers had broken open her Mistress’ house and destroyed everything left and had robbed her of all of her provisions and her clothing, even her needles & thread, leaving her nothing but the clothing she had on, she asked them to have mercy an a poor negro, they cursed her and said if she did not close her mouth they would kill her. Into what demons does War transform men. During the day a Reg’t of Cavalry under Col. – an intelligent & gentlemanly officer, encamped on the premises to remain until the next day, but during the afternoon he rec’d orders to proceed toward Power’s Ferry. He informed me the paper mill had been burnt. I visited some of my neighbors.

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