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In Their Own Words

September 03, 1864

Diary Entry on Atlanta Evacuation, Anger at Politicians

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of hearing of the evacuation of Atlanta, his worries about his son fighting with the Confederate army, and his anger at the politicians he considered responsible for the war.

“I went to town this morning, & learnt that Hood had evacuated Atlanta the night before last & it was occ’d by the Federal Army, the notice posted in the street was “Atlanta is ours–Glory to God”– I heard there had been heavy fighting on the Macon Road, particulars I could not learn. How anxious do I feel about my little Boy, if I could only hear that he was safe & well, how grateful would I feel. What sad anguish & anxiety does this needless political war occasion. What a curse to a Nation are these professional Politicians. …”

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