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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 17, 1864

Sad Parting, Pet, Concern for Family in Diary Entry

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of another sad parting, a welcome pet, and his anxiety concerning his family.

“This morning my old friend Rev’d Mr. Taffe has left me for his Home, if an old bachelor can be said to have any home; I shall miss him much, he has been an agreeable companion for me for many days past, & such pleasant companionship I greatly need in my present lonely condition. God will however provide some other. I have much company about & in the House from the 5th. & 6th. Ind’a Cavalry encamped about me, but I have very little to do with them, finding but little in them congenial to me either in mind or spirits– Some days ago I had a fine Cat sent to me by Mrs. McClatchy, she is very active in keeping the Rats in subjection; they have been very noisy and turbulent all summer. How anxious am I to hear something from my family & friends, but not a word have I heard from Home for near 2 months & may not be able to hear anything before I return to them, for which I am now becoming very anxious. …” Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864