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In Their Own Words

July 25, 1864

Diary Entry on Battle of Atlanta Rumors

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary about what he had heard concerning the fighting in Atlanta; he was right on one general being killed (McPherson), but mistaken on another (Hardee). He again expressed his resentment towards politicians for the war.

Another day of trial and anxiety has come, all nature seems cheerful, the skies bright and clear and the weather very cool for the season, and after Breakfast as I could not go to town I walked to the Picket station near the Graveyard, gave one of them a letter to take to the P.O. for me and asked him to inquire for letters there for me, I sat there some time with them and on my return made Mr. Marks (at Col. Brumby’s House) family a long visit where I met two Federal officers, there I learnt that the report of the Federal Army having entered Atlanta some days ago was untrue, and that they were still out of it up to yesterday evening, that the fighting on Thursday and Saturday was very severe and the loss large on both sides, that on Thursday Gen’l McPherson (one of the best of the Fed. Gen’ls) was killed and Gen’l Hardee was killed on Saturday and a large number of other officers on both sides, and the sacrifice of men great on both sides, how this needless war is spreading mourning and distress throughout our once prosperous and almost perfectly happy county – if the politicians were out of the way, how soon could the afflicted people reconcile their differences, and terminate this appalling and wicked sacrifice of Life and happiness. …

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