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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 07, 1864

Diary Entry on Concern for Son and Lamenting Brutality

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary, concerned about his son in the Confederate army, and despondent over man’s brutality to his fellow man.

“…It is reported that Hood’s Army has been routed & scattered, & a large number of Prisoners taken, how anxious do I feel about our little boy. A Train heavily loaded with soldiers passed down this morning–how painful to the feelings to witness such constant demonstrations for the destruction of human life & happiness; how sadly corrupt is the Human family, can there be any hope of ever attaining a high standard of character & Christianity?–or in Man even with the Bible in hand always to remain in subjugation to his Brute passions, delighting to kill each other & to destroy happiness?–I went to town this afternoon, heard nothing more. About 400 prisoners went up in the Train this morning. Gen’l McArthur went to Atlanta this morning to see Gen’l Sherman…” Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864