William King Diary Entry
Cobb County, Georgia
8th. Sept. 1864.
Another cool raw day today–true September weather. I went to town this morning, heard nothing new, some anxiety felt there about a rumor of the authorities listing who are for & against the North & sending off those opposed, only a rumor however. [torn] sold at 8 1/2 c per lb. in Specie for which 18 c in green backs asked. [torn] Mrs. Duncan, she wants to go to Sav’h with me. Met in [torn]Federal service, a native of Marietta, his father kept [torn] Met a member of the Christian Ass’n [torn] afternoon at 3 o’clock. Sat during prayer meeting [torn] I promised to attend sometimes. [torn] I heard this [torn] short distance out of town [torn] sent to Chattanooga to collect a [torn] and that an efficient force was [torn] the Robberies & depredations from this [torn] may be successful– nothing shows [torn] than the numerous bodies of Robbers [torn] and despoiling every person & every thing in this already sorely [torn] where neither life nor property is safe–if the [torn] of the Land could witness the sufferings I have consequent[torn] they would now feel & think as I did when they were actively engaged in inflaming the passions of the people to produce the present catastrophe, but these miserable party politicians care but little who suffers so [torn] their selfish& corrupt ambition in obtaining offices can be gratified, generally are careful to place themselves out of the way of danger. [torn] another pleasant visit this afternoon from Capt. Earthman (the German) [torn] me again tonight, he does not like to hazard the nights here. He [torn] for a guard in dangers. Weather cool & raw all day–a lonely evening.
From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill