William King Diary Entry
Cobb County, Georgia
7th. Sept. 1864.
Cloudy & chilly this morning–I will remain at Home. My guard had quite a fright last night & run away from me–last night about 7 1/2 o’clock we heard some persons talking to the servants, after we had lissened a while, he said he would go out & reconnoiter, I saw no more of him. After waiting about an hour for him, I went to bed, he was back early this morning, but reports that while looking around in the dark, he heard the movement of Horses, & as he did not like to be taken by the Johnnys, he concluded that he had better return to his encampment within the picket Lines, & did so, alarming the Pickets at the same time by telling them he had run from the Rebs. Sharper says 2 men stopped at the House & remained about an hour, 1 was in Blue clothes & the other in Gray, the one in Blue says he was connected with Capt. Rankin’s Wagon Train, & had encamped here & seem to know all about the place & spoke very favorably of me, the Gray coat man said very little. The Pickets shot several times during the Night, early this morning they say they chased 2 men accross the R. Road–It is reported that Hood’s Army has been routed & scattered, & a large number of Prisoners taken, how anxious do I feel about our little boy. A Train heavily loaded with soldiers passed down this morning–how painful to the feelings to witness such constant demonstrations for the destruction of human life & happiness; how sadly corrupt is the Human family, can there be any hope of ever attaining a high standard of character & Christianity?–or in Man even with the Bible in hand always to remain in subjugation to his Brute passions, delighting to kill each other & to destroy happiness?–I went to town this afternoon, heard nothing more. About 400 prisoners went up in the Train this morning. Gen’l McArthur went to Atlanta this morning to see Gen’l Sherman, I hope he may learn something about passports for those desiring to go South. The cool weather makes me more anxious.
From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill