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In Their Own Words

August 02, 1864

Friendly Encounter with Yankees Recorded

William King of Cobb County recorded in his diary of a couple of affable encounters with Yankee soldiers.

The morning has been clear, cool and pleasant , with constant moving of Wagons & Cavalry, every thing seems animated with the spirit of War. My friend Maj’r Flag made me visit today & took dinner with me, he is still quite unwell & thinks he will return Home, he like myself thinks there is no place like Home. When he left me about 10 days ago, I jocularly said to him, as he was going then to join his Reg’t in front for a raid, that should he be taken prisoner, be sure and write to my Wife, giving him her address, which he promised to do, but being too unwell he did not accompany the Reg’t, nearly the whole of his Reg’t (Brannahan’s) has been taken prisoner, had he been with the Reg’t my wife would probably have heard from me. I regret now I did not make the same request of Col. Eggleston, who has gone on a Raid. In the afternoon Mrs. McClatchy wrote me a note expressing great anxiety, as her guard was about to leave her, & desired me to try and get another for her. I went to encampments at the Tan Yard & Mr. Barkers, but there they could spare no guard. I went to see Mrs. McC. & found her so very anxious, that I determined to procure a guard for her if possible. I soon after learn that a Michican Reg’t of Cav’y had just arrived guarding a train of 400 Wagons from Kentucky, & were encamped near Col. Brumby’s. I called to see the officer in command, the Col. was not there, but the Maj’r a very gentlemanly man, informed me that they had just arrived, & did not expect to remain here longer than 1 day, still that the Lady should not be distressed for want of a guard while they remained, and that he would provide her with one, & kindly went to see her & told her that she should be protected. I witness a constant exhibition of such kind feeling. I ret’d to my lonely Home for the Night.

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