In Their Own Words
August 19, 1864
Neighbor Caught Smuggling Letters, Trading for Provisions
William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of a neighbor caught trying to pass letters to the South, a pleasant visit, and people trying to trade what they had for provisions.
“I heard yesterday that from some cause Mr. Benedict has been sent from the place with his family over the Lines, I have not been able to learn the cause. This morning a foraging train of a few Wagons from the encampment about me, has been sent out, with an escort of about 100 Cavalry. I made Mrs. McClatchy a visit this morning, found her son better, on my walk there at the Picket station, I found 4 Wagons from the country, some having come 15 miles with vegetables, fruit & chickens, which they had brought in to exchange for Bread & Meat, but they had been stopped there by the pickets, saying they had positive orders to allow no one to go farther into town, and the soldiers were around them to buy, but as they had nothing but money, while they wanted provisions in exchange; they intended to return home with their little supplies. I advised them to wait a while, as I understoon Dr. Miller (the Chief Phy. at the Military Inst.) had sent to town to get permission for them to pass to the Hospital, it is an unwise arrangement, as it will discourage the country people from bringing in their little supplies, so much needed by the town people and Hospitals. In the afternoon my friend the Chaplain (Griffin) took a long & pleasant walk of about 2 miles off for exercise, he is a very agreeable companion of much good sense & piety. I will miss him much when he leaves. I learn the difficulty of Mr. Benedict was he was detected in trying to send Letters through the [torn] some person who told him he was going to pass South without permission [torn] have thought Mr. B. would have better understood duties of a good [torn] as we all are, to have done so.”