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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 26, 1864

Diary Entry on “Rejected” Horses and More War Rumors

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of a visit by a Union officer, and what he had heard of the fighting in Atlanta.

The weather cold and pleasant but very smoky–Mr. Sheppard sent over his son this morning for a Horse, as I had informed him that I had on the premises many rejected Horses, which could be made serviceable after a while, one I intended to take care of to plough up a spot of ground for Turnips, although we are taking care of him with the full conviction that he will be stolen from us, so soon as he can be made of any service. We must plant some Turnips and Cabbages for a winter garden, thinking it very probable that the Ladies may have to spend the winter, as the condition of our Home in the Low Country a few months hence is very uncertain. I have not gone from home this morning, during the morning Capt. Krif called to see me and spent about 2 hours with me, he informed me that he had enquired among the prisoners about our little son, but hear nothing of the Batt. of Cadets, so I hope they are still at West Point. The Capt. very kindly promised to continue his enquiries after our boy, & that as I was so lonely, he would come to see me every day or two. [torn] a Capt. stopped with took dinner & spent a few [torn] left for Marietta, he this morning left the neyhbour of Atlanta, he said the Federal Army was within 2 or 3 miles of the City, but had not got there yet, that the fighting on Thursday and Saturday was very severe, & the loss in killed & wounded on both sides was heavy, theirs particularly so on Saturday, that our loss in prisoners was large, but he did not know what number of Prisoners they had lost. We hear some cannonading today but not much. I made Mrs. McClatchy a short visit this afternoon & then returned to my lonely home. Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864