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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 28, 1864

Diary Entry on Trying to Stop Yankee Thieves

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of his attempts to protect his and a neighbor’s items from thieves, and of rumors of a Union raid to the South, and expressed concern about his wife and mother in Savannah.

I have made the servants move all their property into the H ouse, where I may protect them from the thieves. Young McClatchy came to me this morning before Col. Egleston came, saying that the Robbers had been annoying & stealing from them, & they wanted a guard. I sent him to Maj’r Rider who was about 1/4 mile off, who I felt confident would provide him with a guard. I will go over this afternoon and see how they are getting on. I have felt much sympathy for them. I was informed this morning that an extensive raid under Gen’l Stoneman (15,000 Cavalry) had left a few days ago for the South, probably to release the prisoners at Andersonville. My anxiety has been greatly excited by information today, that an expedition was probably on foot of a large force under Gen’l Banks, being sent from New Orleans to attack Savannah soon. If such be the case, what is my wife, Mother and Aunt to do? … Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864