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In Their Own Words

July 27, 1864

Diary Entry on Brazen Yankees Looking for Plunder

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of encountering a group of bold men looking for plunder.

2 gentlemen from Capt. Rankin’s train stopped about 8 o’clock & spent the night with me, after breakfast they left for Marietta. About 7 o’clock a Company of Cavalry under Capt. Shultz connected with Gen. Gerard’s Division came up & encamped under the Trees, they were just from Roswell and now passing around to the West. One of the officers told me he saw & spoke to Bro. Pratt yesterday, that they were well, & seemed to be getting on comfortably, that a Regiment of Inf’y had been sent to Roswell to remain on duty there, which would afford them protection. So soon as the men had got their Horses fixed, they commenced prowling about for plunder no doubt, I had to keep a close watch on them. Some had got into the kitchen and were taking off things, I made them replace them & leave, others had forced the cellar door and were overhauling, I made them quit & again fastened the door. Nothing outside of the doors was safe without close watching, but as I had weeks ago had every thing of much value, even the unshucked corn, placed within the House, there was very little to watch out of it, & the House & all within I could very easy protect even without a guard; I notice a number of men closely looking into the Box bushes in the circular garden, so thoroughly searching it excited my own curiosity. I said to them you can find nothing there, they said O Yes, we found some apples hid–their predecessors, I presume had hid them. After they had made a general search all over the premises, they seemed to come to the conclusion, either I had nothing to steal, or that I had placed all beyond their reach, and became quieted…

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