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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 19, 1864

Diary Entry on Being Confined to Home

William King wrote in his diary of being confined to his home in Cobb County, but wanting to get out a visit friends.

This morning I have remained at Home, reading and enjoying for a short time the company I had around me, who are very pleasant and intelligent men, with such a good library, had I my wife with me I could be comfortable enough even with the exclusion from town, to which I am now subjected–but knowing as I do how many families there are in town who need sympathy and advice, I must got a special permit (which has been kindly promised to me by the Com’t) now and then to go and see them; I am not excluded from visiting any [torn] around in the country, having the liberty of the county, but there is no society near me. I must however endure for a time the privation as best I can.–but how long I can be content to remain here without my family or any other company I do not know, were it not for the charge of the servants, I would quit at once and return Home or go to the North, but I cannot well leave them and the property here– to remain here under existing circumstances may subject me to even a greater annoyance than that of being excluded from town–if the rumors be true that many of our cavalry are in this vicinity, their doings in addition to the many evil disposed persons about, may subject us all to suspicion, and involve us in the consequences of their actions. I think I must so arrange matters as may allow me properly either to go to the North or South for a while, until affairs in this section become more settled, if that happy day can be again before the return of peace, which I fear cannot be, how sorely the fountains of happiness have been broken up by this war. I have not been away from Home today. In the afternoon Mr. Shepard made me a visit, he like myself being excluded from town. This afternoon I was pained to learn that the large cavalry encampment around me (under Capt. Rankin) had received orders to advance nearer the front about Vining Station, and that they would all leave tomorrow, this will prove an additional curtailment of my few enjoyments, they have now been with me 2 weeks, and although many minor depredations have been committed by some of the men, all the officers and most of the men are intelligent gentlemen many of whom will be remembered with many pleasant feelings and hopes of a future meeting of them. Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864