August 27, 1864

William King Diary Entry

Cobb County, Georgia


27th. Aug’t. 1864.

Mr. Fletcher made me a visit this morning & so did Rev’d Mr. Griffith, Chaplain 6th. Ind. Cav. merely [torn] as their Reg’t was to leave today for Nashville–He informs [torn] Carter ( is from Bowlingreen, Clay Co. [torn] more of him.

        Mr. G. informed me (by my request) he made Mrs. Miller 2 visits this week, saw her yesterday, that she was quite well and getting on very comfortably. I regret I am deprived of the priviledge of making her a visit. I will try to see her before I leave. We have missed one of Sows with pigs. Sharper says he heard that the soldiers had shot them all yesterday; there is no protecting anything out of doors from the Thieves, and I fear after I leave there will be but little safety for the food for the servants left within the House. The whole country is overrun with Robbers, blue coats, gray coats, citizen’s coats & no coats, blessed are the poor who have nothing to lose. Mrs. Haynes & the 2 Delk boys came again to trade with Dr. Miller’s Wagon, which they have done and returned Home, they gave so little provisions in exchange, that they do not think they will come back. I hear Gen’l Kilpatrick had returned from his first raid unsuccessful, having lost heavily, that he had started yesterday towards the eastward Atlanta on a 2d. Raid with 6000 Cavalry. I made Mrs. McClatchy a short visit this afternoon, all well. While there, Sharper sent over to me to say that 3 men were taking off our large pot, when I got home, they had gone off with it. The whole country is filled with thieves, the servants say they cannot stay here without me, that everything will be stolen from them before I am gone a week. I am at a loss what to do, I cannot remain much longer, and to leave the House unprotected will secure its destruction. I had hoped to get Mr. Rowland & family from Roswell to occupy it, they are anxious to do so, but as his work is in town, the prohibition of passing in & out of town renders it impossible to do so, and no suitable person can be got unless we will feed them, as they can get no work out of town. O these times of trouble, it is making the gray hairs gather fast upon me. I wish I had a good family in charge of the House and I with all the servants safe at Home, in the land of plenty and freedom. Mr. Fletcher while in town this morning with Col. Howell, tried to get a permit for me to go into town on Monday next to attend to important Business preparatory to my leaving here, but the Commandant replied that he could not just now grant a pass to any one to go in or out of town. Mr. F says he saw Mrs. Wilson this morning, she told him to say to me that a soldier told her a few days before, that he had been at our House and one of the servant Women told him, that if he had only been there a few moments sooner he would have seen at the House 3 Rebel soldiers. I asked each one of the women, they said they had never said so to any one, nor had they seen a Rebel soldier since the Yankee Army came. Being without company, I am getting the more anxious to leave here.


From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill