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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 08, 1864

Cooler Weather, Rampant Robbers, Loneliness in Diary Entry

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of cooler weather, robbers running rampant, and being lonely.

“Another cool raw day today–true September weather. I went to town this morning, heard nothing new, some anxiety felt there about a rumor of the authorities listing who are for & against the North & sending off those opposed, only a rumor however. [torn] sold at 8 1/2 c per lb. in Specie for which 18 c in green backs asked. [torn] Mrs. Duncan, she wants to go to Sav’h with me. Met in [torn] Federal service, a native of Marietta, his father kept [torn] Met a member of the Christian Ass’n [torn] afternoon at 3 o’clock. Sat during prayer meeting [torn] I promised to attend sometimes. [torn] I heard this [torn] short distance out of town [torn] sent to Chattanooga to collect a [torn] and that an efficient force was [torn] the Robberies & depredations from this [torn] may be successful– nothing shows [torn] than the numerous bodies of Robbers [torn] and despoiling every person & every thing in this already sorely [torn] where neither life nor property is safe–if the [torn] of the Land could witness the sufferings I have consequent [torn] they would now feel & think as I did when they were actively engaged in inflaming the passions of the people to produce the present catastrophe, but these miserable party politicians care but little who suffers so [torn] their selfish& corrupt ambition in obtaining offices can be gratified, generally are careful to place themselves out of the way of danger. [torn] another pleasant visit this afternoon from Capt. Earthman (the German) [torn] me again tonight, he does not like to hazard the nights here. He [torn] for a guard in dangers. Weather cool & raw all day–a lonely evening.” Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864