August 24, 1864

William King Diary Entry

Cobb County, Georgia


24 Aug’t. 1864.

Mosquitoes were very troublesome last night, I have never known them so bad here before, as they have been this summer, the Yankee blood draws them. My guard came back early this morning, after laughing at him well about his fears, I asked what was the matter? He said he did not want to go to Dixie yet, and after assigning the cause stated for hurriedly leaving, which I told him was quite satisfactory. He told me that he heard that 70 or 80 of our men had fired on the pickets, & they had been driven in. I went over to Mrs. McC. & found them all better, & learnt from her & the pickets that only 4 of our men were seen who fired on the Pickets, & that a detatchment of 15 Cavalry had been sent in pursuit of them, but none could be found. The frequent appearance of scouts here will tend to restrict our liberties the more; and we are so suspected already, that I am inclined to get away as soon as possible, that I may get to a community where I am better known & where I can enjoy a greater amount of Liberty. I am still at liberty to go all over the country, but not to go into town, while the town is the only place about here I wish to visit.

        Mrs. McC is well again but in much distress of mind. While out this morning among the Pickets I found a young Fed’l Sergeant named Green, who told me that he had worked 1 1/2 years at the Roswell factory, 2 years in Atlanta, & had been 2 years in his Uncle’s (A. Green’s) store in Marietta, & knew me, that he had removed back to the North about 5 years ago, he seemed to be a sensible young man & promised to come & see me, while his picket station was so near to me. Little Milton has been quite sick for 2 days past with bad cold.

        My friend Mr. Elijah H. Clarke of Charleston, Coles Co. Ill. left me this afternoon to return to the front, his health not being good, he will quit the Q. M. department & return Home in ten days, he promises to stop with me on his return, he is an agreeable companion & I will miss him. This afternoon an old Lady (Mrs. Haney) from near Roswell, with her Wagon & 2 little boys called on me, I gave them Salt, & a Letter for Brother Pratt, which she promised to send to him at once, I asked Bro. Pratt if the changes of War should put him within the Southern Lines again, to write to my wife, informing her that we were all well & doing well. I paid 75 cts. today for a quire of Letter paper& 25 c for 13 Envelopes [torn] the poor people have been over the Camping ground on the premises, picking up old Clothes, [torn] the poor will suffer much this season–2 days ago I wrote to Julia W. H. M [torn] today I wrote to Mr. J. S. Wood, Riceville, Crawford Co. Penn:–a [torn] left me.


From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill