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In Their Own Words

August 11, 1864

Diary Entry on Stoneman Raider Story and Missing Wife

William King of Cobb County wrote in his diary of an exciting escape from some of Stoneman’s raiders, and of wishing he could be with his wife in Savannah.

“Cool & pleasant this morning, how cheering it would be if I were in Savannah to take a ride with my wife out to the Bridge for the day, instead of being as I am today confined at Home, away from all who render life dear to me, but the varieties of Life are beneficial, & therefore out to be cheerfully submitted to. Mr. Shepard made me a visit this morning, nothing new. I had an interesting visit this morning [torn] in a Kentucky regiment who has been with the Stoneman Raid [torn] Reg’t under Col. Adams, his narrative of their retreat was very exciting, & retreating, he states that when they had reached 4 miles North of Clinton Jones Co. they met Wheeler’s force entrenched accross the Road, & while contending with them a force of Infantry came up in the rear & they were entirely surrounded and after fighting for hours, Gen’l Stoneman finding nothing could be done, determined on surrendering. Col. Adams stated that his men would not surrender, that their time of service was nearly out, & they meant to fight their way out. Gen’l S. magnanimously said they would fight on longer to afford them a better opportunity of making their escape on another Road, which they did making quite a circuit around, but were pursued by our Cavalry nearly the whole way to the Chattahoochie River, which they had to fight many times, that they were treated with much kindness by the people, that they were only fired on once by a Bushwhacker & that was by an old gentleman riding in a Buggy, they shot him breaking his arm which they dressed & then let him go. They escaped with the greater portion of their men, they also picked up & brought in with them many of the straggling men of 2 Ill’s Reg’ts under command of Col. Caperton, which Reg’ts had been sadly cut up. Whenever they could pick up a Horse they took it, & dropped one of their worn out Horses, they had very little sleep while on the Raid. …”

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