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In Their Own Words

September 09, 1864

Diary Entry on Atlanta Evacuation, Yet More Anger at Politicians

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of hearing of the citizens of Atlanta being forced to leave, and how many in Marietta feared the same would happen to them. And as he frequently did, he added some choice words about warmongers and politicians.

“…Much excitement in town about [torn] hear that the inhabitants of Atlanta have been ordered to leave the place in a few days, either to go North or South, and the same order is apprehended will be issued here; unless the order in Atlanta arises, as is surmized by some in consequence of so many citizens having remained there, as not to afford unoccupied houses enough for Hospitals & officers uses. I cannot well credit the rumor, as the Federal Army has expressed surprize at the folly of the people in abandoning their Homes as their Army approaches; if such be their feelings they cannot be willing to force off those who do remain; & yet the course they are pursuing of refusing to sell provisions & clothing to those who remain & who have been robbed of everything, tends to the same result. War seems to be like party politics, a complete game of lieing, deception is strategy. Honesty in War & Politics is deemed and treated as poor Policy. …”

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