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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 10, 1864

Diary Entry on Unwelcome Travel Restrictions

William King of Cobb County wrote his diary of some unwelcome restrictions put on his travel.

“Last night I was informed by Major Carter that as I was a man of great intelligence & observation, he thought it imprudent for me to have the liberty of going where I listed, and that for the present I must not leave the House without his consent, so I have been a prisoner at home since 8 o’clock last night–so [torn] punishment for being ‘intelligent & observing.’ It however changes my habits [torn] as for weeks past I have been but seldom out of the House [torn] affords me more attraction at Home. So if ignorance is freedom, it is folly to be wise. Maj’r Carter further enjoined upon me that I must not hold intercourse with his men, but could with his officers. This restriction I regret more than the curtailment of my personal liberty, as naturally and from habit, I am more fond of conversing with the poor and ignorant than with the Rich & intelligent–however for a while an extensive and varied library will afford me a good substitute for the company of either, being so happily constituted, I can easily accommodate myself to circumstances. …” Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864