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In Their Own Words

August 27, 1864

Yet More Complaints about Robbers

William King of Cobb County, as he had frequently before, complained to his diary about thieves from both sides in the war, and he had heard about a Yankee raid which ended with the Battle of Lovejoy’s Station.

“We have missed one of Sows with pigs. Sharper says he heard that the soldiers had shot them all yesterday; there is no protecting anything out of doors from the Thieves, and I fear after I leave there will be but little safety for the food for the servants left within the House. The whole country is overrun with Robbers, blue coats, gray coats, citizen’s coats & no coats, blessed are the poor who have nothing to lose. Mrs. Haynes & the 2 Delk boys came again to trade with Dr. Miller’s Wagon, which they have done and returned Home, they gave so little provisions in exchange, that they do not think they will come back. I hear Gen’l Kilpatrick had returned from his first raid unsuccessful, having lost heavily, that he had started yesterday towards the eastward Atlanta on a 2d. Raid …”

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