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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 26, 1864

More Dangers from Robbers Recorded in Diary

William King of Cobb County again wrote in his diary of the dangers from Confederate scouts and robbers of all varieties.

“Dr. Miller’s guard was affraid to remain with me last night, went back to his Camp & returned early this morning, they all seem very uneasy about the Scouts about, every few days some of these straggling men are picked up & many horses & Mules; even the men with [torn] trains coming daily to our Spring for water for the Hospital, are getting [torn] coming here for water. I went to see old Mr. Hutchins this morning [torn] better, I then went to the Picket Station & remained there about 1 1/2 [torn] The 2 little Delk boys had come in again with Peaches & apples to get flour, sugar & coffee, while some thief took from my Pocket the last Handkerchief I had. I gathered no news– Some of the women told me many of their neighbors are getting about as bad as the soldiers, & were stealing from each other. What a crop of thieves this war has produced. An old man told me that Greenlee Butler was very low & that he had come in to try & get a Physician to go & see him, I told him I did not think he would find one who would be willing to venture it, from the danger of being taken by our Scouts. …” Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864