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In Their Own Words

August 01, 1864

Diary Entry on Dangerous Countryside

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of how dangerous the countryside was becoming.

It cheers me to know that a new month has commenced–how very anxious am I that this anxious & melancholy summer should pass away; and God only knows what better awaits us in the winter. I heard yesterday that the Pickets had shot a Bushwhacker near Kennesaw Mountain, they are getting uncomfortably near about, the whole county is becoming lawless, and will be moreso as the Army is farther removed from Marietta, their force afford us much protection. These Lawless Men, from all I can learn, consists of citizens, and Federal & Conf’t stragglers & deserters, they will attack any one, their object seems to be robbery. A soldier with his face badly cut up informed me today that while coming out of town at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, he was attacked near the grave yard by 2 of his fellow soldiers, beaten & robbed of about $18. … It cheers me to know that a new month has commenced–how very anxious am I that this anxious & melancholy summer should pass away; and God only knows what better awaits us in the winter. I heard yesterday that the Pickets had shot a Bushwhacker near Kennesaw Mountain, they are getting uncomfortably near about, the whole county is becoming lawless, and will be moreso as the Army is farther removed from Marietta, their force afford us much protection. These Lawless Men, from all I can learn, consists of citizens, and Federal & Conf’t stragglers & deserters, they will attack any one, their object seems to be robbery. A soldier with his face badly cut up informed me today that while coming out of town at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, he was attacked near the grave yard by 2 of his fellow soldiers, beaten & robbed of about $18. …

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