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In Their Own Words

August 13, 1864

“Famine and Want” Follow Army

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of a pleasant guard he had been assigned, and what an army meant to the crops in its vicinity.

“Pleasant day today. My guard called again today, anxious to return to me, & as I need his services I have sent him with a note to his command to ask him to furnish Mrs. McClatchy with another guard. I do not know what can attract the young man so warmly to me. Situated as I am, lonely & cheerless, with but little to make him comfortable; and I give him many a sobersided talk, he is a fine young Scotchman about 21 years old. Soldiers just riding up with their Horses loaded with bundles of corn Stalks all in tassels, a daily sight, and a sad one to see the corn crops almost ripe cut down and destroyed, to leave the poor farmers in want another year, but the Horses must have provender. Our Army did the same in cutting the Oat, Wheat & Corn crops–Famine or Want the attendant of an Army…”

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