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In Their Own Words

July 06, 1864

Diary Entry Expressed Concern for Sons in Civil War

William King recorded in his diary on how depressed he was after the Union soldiers stormed through Marietta, and how worried he was about his sons in the army.

I felt dull today, too much so to go to town. I visited some of the neighbors, heard their complaints and indulged in sad reflections on the consequences of this sad war, and thanked God that I had no agency in involving our happy country in it. How desolate do I feel in witnessing and hearing of so much distress & heartlessness for the safety of my two sons in the Armies of Va. and Geo. and my wife and other members of my family, so separated from me that I can neither hear of them nor partake of their counsel nor sympathy. How cheering is the hope of Heaven under such circumstances and the knowledge that God overrules all things. During the day the supply train of 1st. div. Cav. Corps of Dept. Cumberland encamped on the premises under Maj’r Flag, Capt. Rankin Garfield, the train consisted of about 100 wagons, 1000 mules and horses and 400 men, the intelligent and gentlemanly deportment of the officers & men relieved me a little from depression of spirits, and rendered the evening less sad than the morning. I felt dull today, too much so to go to town. I visited some of the neighbors, heard their complaints and indulged in sad reflections on the consequences of this sad war, and thanked God that I had no agency in involving our happy country in it. How desolate do I feel in witnessing and hearing of so much distress & heartlessness for the safety of my two sons in the Armies of Va. and Geo. and my wife and other members of my family, so separated from me that I can neither hear of them nor partake of their counsel nor sympathy. How cheering is the hope of Heaven under such circumstances and the knowledge that God overrules all things. During the day the supply train of 1st. div. Cav. Corps of Dept. Cumberland encamped on the premises under Maj’r Flag, Capt. Rankin Garfield, the train consisted of about 100 wagons, 1000 mules and horses and 400 men, the intelligent and gentlemanly deportment of the officers & men relieved me a little from depression of spirits, and rendered the evening less sad than the morning.

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