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In Their Own Words

August 22, 1864

Diary Entry on Readiness for Civil War to End

William King of Cobb County recorded in his diary about three men staying with him - and how they were all ready for the war to end.

“Last evening 3 soldiers rode up to get shelter from the very heavy Rain, & remained with me until 10 o’clock before they could leave, they would have remained all night, but feared their Horses would be stolen, which I told them I thought was probable, they were very sensible men, they were very sensible men, & very anxious for this War to close, & asked if there was no way of closing it, but by but by wantonly killing off each otherwhen there was so little ill feelings between the soldiers & private citizens, they like all others hated the poor negro & said for their good they could never be placed in a more favorable condition than we now have them, but like all others they said the whole country would go to ruin if the Union was not restored. …”

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