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In Their Own Words

July 24, 1864

Diary Entry on Lonely Sabbath and Anger at Politicians

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of his loneliness on this Sabbath day, and his bitter feelings towards the politicians he blamed for the war.

Sabbath but no Sabbath variations for me, all the days of the week seem alike to me and the servants, no Church and no privilege to visit town, I have to remain at our lonely House, even the poor servants seem depressed in spirits at the disjointed state of affairs, the only cheering thought to me is, time is passing away, and if our lives are spared, within a few months I and my family will probably be at our quiet happy Home again, when there will again be some motive to live–the servants seem dull at the very monotony of life, what an affliction idleness is–not even a garden, chickens, nor pigs to afford us employment, I can vary the scene and enjoy myself by reading, but the servants are deprived of even this lonely enjoyment of life. I feel very lonely this pleasant, bright, cool day, no company–and hearing constantly this morning the heavy cannonading at the S.E. which I am informed was kept up the most of last night - man killing his brother man, like beast of prey, without even the excuse of hunger or passion towards each other–and I am in ignorance if one ofmy poor children may not be among the slain; this sad war, this war brought on by the corruption of politicians– how often are my feelings painfully excited toward that class of human demons, for whose corrupt occupation I have all my life felt the bitterest contempt, the most of them would willingly despoil Heaven for an office. …

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