July 29, 1864

William King Diary Entry

Cobb County, Georgia

29 July. 1864.

I had a comfortable nights rest last night & no noise about. Col. E. had appointed guards [torn] of the House, with the officers with me, everything is orderly & quiet; without them I have to act officer myself. I made Mr. Shepard a visit this morning, all getting on well, but he getting very anxious to make such a disposition of his 37 Bales Cotton as to enable him & his family to leave for the North, he like myself getting very anxious to get to town, but we still are excluded and this Bushwacky excitement will keep us the longer out. Some of the soldiers told me this morning that it was reported that some of our Guerillas had been seen in the neybourhood. The provost Marshall from town was here yesterday, I asked what probability there was us country people being allowed to go to town, he said it was very uncertain. I asked if they would give me permission to go to the North, he said they would any time I may desire to go, if I am to be excluded from town long, I will either go North or South, provided I can get some good family to take care of the House & servants during my absence, for I cannot leave without some careful person in charge, without every thing would soon be destroyed or stolen, & the servants driven to find some thing to eat. As anxious as I am to be away from this solitary Home, I cannot leave as things are. Messrs. Shepard & Goodman are much disappointed and annoyed at the delay in arranging for their cotton to enable them to leave here for the North. The Government will not yet consent to cotton being sold or shipped to the North, which compells them to remain. I heard this afternoon that there had been some fighting the day before yesterday to the West of Atlanta near G. but have not heard the result. We heard the heavy cannonading, every severe fight increases my anxiety about our little boy.

From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill


Dolly Sumner Lunt
A Georgia Woman’s Wartime Journal

JULY 29, 1864.

Sleepless nights. The report is that the Yankees have left Covington for Macon, headed by Stoneman, to release prisoners held there. They robbed every house on the road of its provisions, sometimes taking every piece of meat, blankets and wearing apparel, silver and arms of every description. They would take silk dresses and put them under their saddles, and many other things for which they had no use. Is this the way to make us love them and their Union? Let the poor people answer whom they have deprived of every mouthful of meat and of their livestock to make any! Our mills, too, they have burned, destroying an immense amount of property.

From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill