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In Their Own Words

September 02, 1864

Furniture Stolen; Change of Heart for Ohio Civil War Soldier

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of a woman who had all her furniture stolen, and of an Ohio soldier who had a different view on Southerners since he had met some.

“…A country woman told me today that a Wagon from Harralson Co. in returning Home, had stopped at Col. Lester’s House, & taken with them a load of furniture. Stealing & killing seems to be the great Business of the day. I went to McC. this afternoon & heard that several Wagon & men had this afternoon near town on the Roswell Road. 2 young men from town called to see me this afternoon & spent about an hour, one a sergent from Ohio about 20 yrs. I found a very intelligent & pleasant young man, he said when he came into the Army his feelings against the South was very bitter, & he thought he would willingly & cheerfully destroy any Rebel property, but after being among the people, and having intercourse with them, his feelings had undergone great change, and he now thought it too sad a War, to increase its terrors more than can possibly be avoided, & efforts aut to be made to bring it to a close. …”

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