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In Their Own Words

July 14, 1864

Diary Entry on Deported Mill Workers Moving North

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of seeing some of the mill workers from Roswell on their way north.

I remained at Home this morning, & have heard nothing to excite nor depress me, this day as for days past has been dry & hot, during the morning a part of Gen’l McCook’s cavalry passed through ret’ing from Lost Mountain. Col. Brownlow informed me they had taken upon many men, soldiers & Citizens for misdemeanors. In the afternoon I went to town to make a few visits, the Rain interrupting me in part. I saw several of the Roswell factory operatives. Mr. Wood among the number on their war to the North, having a Letter to send to my Sister (Mrs. P.) & hearing that Mrs. Gossett was going to Roswell today, I went to see her & gave her the Letter, as it was raining heavily, I remained some time with her in her Room which was very poorly furnished. I noticed a very rich Mahogany Beaureau, with a large glass on Marble slab, a piece of furniture which was probably worth $75. a marked contrast with the rest of her plain & scanty furniture, it occasioned some painful suspicions of the manner in which she became possessed of it. I heard the Report in town of a large portion of Wheeler’s Cavalry being on this side of the river again–this sad war, how many anxious feelings does it occasion. Will not God soon bring it to a close!

Source: Diary of William King; Cobb County, Georgia, 1864