In Their Own Words
July 11, 1864
Diary Entry on Union Soldiers Punished for Depredations
William King wrote in his diary of some Union solders caught and punished for committing “depredations.”
This morning a Brigade of Cavalry under Gen. McCook, Com’d, with a supply train encamped here, past from the front towards Lost Mountain. Yesterday afternoon 2 of the men with the supply train had broken into one of the servant’s rooms and was committing depredations, one of the servants (Tabby) came into the House and informed me, I stated the fact to Capt. Rankin, who was writing in the house at the time, he immediately jumped up and went to the servant’s house. The men had left. He ordered a Possy of men to pursue and take them, in less than 1/4 of an hour then were taken, identified and secured; this morning their case was represented to Gen. McCook, he ordered that they should be placed in irons and sent to the front for trial and punishment. I went to town in the morning, visited some friends and found all things going on quietly. I asked Col. Gleason if there was any objection to my visiting the Rev. Mr. Benedict, as I understood he was confined to his lot, he said I could visit him whenever I desired, I spent 1/2 hour with him and Mrs. B.–these trying times make us all feel a warm sympathy for each other. Nothing of importance has occurred today.