William King Diary Entry
Cobb County, Georgia
14 July, 1864.
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!
From Documenting the American South – UNC Chapel Hill