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In Their Own Words

August 10, 1864

Diary Entry on Unwelcome Travel Restrictions

William King of Cobb County wrote his diary of some unwelcome restrictions put on his travel.

“Last night I was informed by Major Carter that as I was a man of great intelligence & observation, he thought it imprudent for me to have the liberty of going where I listed, and that for the present I must not leave the House without his consent, so I have been a prisoner at home since 8 o’clock last night–so [torn] punishment for being ‘intelligent & observing.’ It however changes my habits [torn] as for weeks past I have been but seldom out of the House [torn] affords me more attraction at Home. So if ignorance is freedom, it is folly to be wise. Maj’r Carter further enjoined upon me that I must not hold intercourse with his men, but could with his officers. This restriction I regret more than the curtailment of my personal liberty, as naturally and from habit, I am more fond of conversing with the poor and ignorant than with the Rich & intelligent–however for a while an extensive and varied library will afford me a good substitute for the company of either, being so happily constituted, I can easily accommodate myself to circumstances. …”

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