August 14, 1864

William King Diary Entry

Cobb County, Georgia

14 Aug’t. 1864.

Another Sabbath has come, how rapidly time is passing away & now how it rejoices my often depressed spirits to know that if we all live & I get permission, after 9 more Sabbaths shall have been numbered with the past, I will be in the enjoyment of the society of my family & friends, God grant that I may then find them all alive & well and if we can only then be in the enjoyment of the Blessings of Peace in our afflicted country.

The day is very pleasant, but still I have to remain at Home. This morning my young friend Evans again called & spent an hour with me. At 10 o’clock the Chaplain Mr. Griffith had services, his congregation did not exceed 150 attending–his services were short not even an hour–his sermon a good one on the necessity of the Reformation of our natural lives & dependence for the atonement of Christ for Salvation. I was surprized to see the small number attending the services, the most of the men on the outskirts–how little do men think of their duties to God and of the condition of their souls on the final day of accountability. Death & the great exposure to death, tend it seems to render men more thoughtless. This afternoon the restrictions of my liberty to the limits of the House were removed, and I free again, some explanation of the cause was given, that of the spies who was reported to have been taken up some days prior 1 stated that he was well known to me, & in addition to that, that 3 men known (to the observer) officers had called to see me on the Sunday afternoon preceeding and who were suspected to be the same spies. I was at the time absent from Home, the 3 officers who called on me then, I learnt on my return Home, were 3 Fed. Officers on duty in town & not spies. From all I have been able to ascertain that no spies have been taken, & that the suspected persons proved their innocence. This circumstances however occasions me much anxiety, & leads me to belief that it is better for me to leave here & go either Home or to the North. Being so well known to the members of our Cavalry companies, some of the scouts from [torn] be induced during the which often extends within [torn] to call on me & I may thus become innocently involved in difficulty; being a stranger to the Federal Army and a Southern man, may be suspected of designing mischief. Were I so well known as I am at Home, I would never be suspected of plotting mischief against any people among whom I may be sojourning. Whatever I do I hope to do frankly & above board & not clandestinely. Last evening I heard another good sermon from Mr. Griffith, under the Trees just South of the House, he had an audience of about 300 & the services were very pleasant, evincing much good Christian spirit. While enjoying the services, it was painful to think how many ardent followers of the Prince of Peace on both sides to be engaged in so deadly a War against each other.

From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill