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In Their Own Words

August 20, 1864

Forage Scarce, Concern about War’s End, Pleasant Encounter

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of the countryside having little to offer foragers, his concerns about how the war will end, and an unexpectedly pleasant encounter one young lady had with a Yankee soldier.

“The foraging Wagons returned last night safe, but with little forage, I think, all the country in this vicinity being pretty much stript of every thing. I took a short walk on the Powder Springs Road this morning, found no wagons from the country today. I stopped and had a long talk with the pickets today, men of good sense and spirits, and anxious for peace, but say there can be no peace until the government is restored, and the slave question disposed of. How this war is to be brought to a close God only knows. For 2 days past laborers have been hard at work putting in order the R. Road in fron of the House. I hear Gen’l Kilpatrick has gone on a Raid into the State. I hear that some of our Cavalry have been taking and killing some Federal prisoners near Gainesville, after they had surrendered, I am sure it cannot be true. A young soldier who had returned from the Stoneman Raid, told me that while on it, he had with him a Melodeon, & being in his way, he went up to a House & presented it to a young Lady at the door, she thanked him: the old Lady said it was more than they expected as she thought the Yankee soldiers kept their gifts for the Negro Women.I hear a foraging train had been taken near the town yesterday. I hear that about 180 deserters from our Army were brought into Marietta yesterday. Mr. Griffith and myself had a pleasant walk after supper this evening. How anxious am becoming to see my family at Home or even to hear from them. 1st. Oct. is too far off to wait.”

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