In Their Own Words
July 28, 1864
Diary Entry on Trying to Stop Yankee Thieves
William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of his attempts to protect his and a neighbor’s items from thieves, and of rumors of a Union raid to the South, and expressed concern about his wife and mother in Savannah.
I have made the servants move all their property into the H ouse, where I may protect them from the thieves. Young McClatchy came to me this morning before Col. Egleston came, saying that the Robbers had been annoying & stealing from them, & they wanted a guard. I sent him to Maj’r Rider who was about 1/4 mile off, who I felt confident would provide him with a guard. I will go over this afternoon and see how they are getting on. I have felt much sympathy for them. I was informed this morning that an extensive raid under Gen’l Stoneman (15,000 Cavalry) had left a few days ago for the South, probably to release the prisoners at Andersonville. My anxiety has been greatly excited by information today, that an expedition was probably on foot of a large force under Gen’l Banks, being sent from New Orleans to attack Savannah soon. If such be the case, what is my wife, Mother and Aunt to do? …