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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 31, 1864

Lonely Sabbath Day Recorded in Diary

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of another lonely Sabbath day.

nother Sabbath has come, without its accompanying enjoyments, all bustle & noise, with the regular performance of secular duties.I asked Col. E. why he had no Chaplain to his Reg’t, he said they had one at first, but though he was a good & learned Man, he finding he could do no good, resigned & they have had none since. I am almost tempted to offer him my services while he remains here, but do not know how acceptable it would be. I think I will delay it for another Sabbath, should they remain here so long, he says many of his men are religious men, and hold prayer meetings regularly. I must form the acquaintance of some of them, as I am not allowed to go to town to attend Church, nor do I know if there are any Church services there. None of us county people are allowed to go to town nor the town people to come in the county–a great privation to me. … Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864