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In Their Own Words

August 12, 1864

Union Soldier Caught Stealing Blankets

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of catching a Union soldier stealing some blankets, but letting him off easy.

“Early this morning while dressing, hearing some one walking in the passage, I looked out & saw a soldier going down the steps with something like Blankets, not knowing but that they were his own, I requested the servants to look among the things upstairs, & notice if anything was missing. Eliza said 2 of her Blankets were gone, I reported the case to a Lieut. who was upstairs & described the man to him, he immediately identified a man who had been in his Room, & sent to him to bring the Blankets back at once if he desired to avoid trouble. They were immediately returned, he came to me to apologize, saying he did not mean to keep them but a few days until he could be supplied, as he had just returned from the Stoneman Raid & had lost every thing. I told him he ought to have asked for the use of them, as Eliza consented I told him to retain them for a few days, taking his name, Comp’y, Reg’t and requested the Lieut. not to report him. …”

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