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In Their Own Words

July 17, 1864

Sad Sabbath Recorded in Diary

William King of Cobb County recorded in his diary of a sad Sabbath day, and of corresponding with a relative in Roswell.

Sabbath again but few Sabbath privileges to be enjoyed. I went to town this morning, and learnt that our Commandant (Col. Bishop) had been withdrawn and his predecessor Col. Ross had been replaced; my letters which had been left with him for examination (one of them to my wife) were given to me to be forwarded, which I placed in the P. O. in making the change the young man handed me a 50 cents change bill, which he very honestly informed me was a counterfeit Postage currency bill. I said Well what could I do with it, and Oh he said they pass as currently as the genuine there are so many of them, and that he would take it from me at any time. I told him that would suit me then, and I will reserve it for the P. O. It seemed to me a new way of doing Business. I wrote to my Sister Cate a few days ago, urging them all to move here and stay with me, today I rec’d a reply from Bro. P. stating that they were now getting on very comfortably, since the factory women had all been sent off, and he thought they could safely remain at home as long as the Federal Army remained, when they left they might find it unsafe to remain at Roswell, if so, they move here and stay with me, it would be a comfort for us all to be together, in these sad days. How little could our disunion friends have conceived of the trials and troubles their acts were to bring upon a happy and prosperous people–most of them fleeing away from their Homes. Col. Bishop informed me this morning that there would be preaching in the Presbyterian Church by a member of the Christian Association, I told him I would attend but feeling a little unwell and not liking to be too long away from Home on Sunday, I returned without attending Church, this making 6 Sabbaths since I have attended Church; God grant that peace may soon be restored to our afflicted country. After dinner 3 officers from Gen. Thomas’ army, called on me on the way to the front; they were intelligent and gentlemanly men, and promised to make me a longer visit another time. Cannonading was heard this morning toward the S. E. I called to see Mrs. McClatchey this morning, she felt cheerful in having a guard provided for her. I have been trying to get one for her for 2 days, I feel very independent without a guard. I saw Mr. Fitch this morning, he said Mrs. Morris was very anxious to see me, I will try & see her tomorrow. Mrs. Goodman informed me that a servant man of General Hindman, who had been attending on him called to see her this morning, and informed her that in passing over the Chattahoochee he and a number of the soldiers in Gen. H. Division were taken prisoners, that he had been desired to go into the Federal Army, but he stated he could not take arms against his own people and was anxious to return home, which he hoped to be able to do soon.

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