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In Their Own Words

August 21, 1864

Diary Entry on Welcome Departure of Union Soldiers

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of a regiment of Union soldiers leaving his area - one that he would not miss.

“Sabbath again. A Rainy, dirty day. This morning the encampment of the 5th. & 6th. Ind. Cavalry under Maj’r Carter removed encampment to the North of town, near Mrs. Wilkins–it is the first time I can say I feel rejoiced at the removal of soldiers from me, until this command they have always contributed greatly to my enjoyment and comfort, nearly all of the officers being intelligent & gentlemanly in their deportment. I told the Chaplain that I should miss him, & a few of the officers & most of the privates greatly, but that I must candidly tell him that I was rejoiced that the Regiment was leaving me. Most of the officers were either drinking, ungentlemanly & bad principled men–I had very little to do with them & rejoiced at their departure, they afforded very little company for me, & very destructive to everything about, have done more damage to Fences & Trees than all who had preceeded them combined of the Federal & Conf’t Armies…”

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