September 9, 1864

William King Diary Entry

Cobb County, Georgia

9th. Sept. 1864.

Clear & pleasant this morning. Made Mrs. McC & loaned her 3 [torn]& then went to town. I heard that a large force of Confederates were about [torn] that Gen’l Sherman had been defeated at Jonesboro, and was falling back to Atlanta, that Forest & Wheeler had been near Nashville with a large force, & that they [torn] been driven off & the R. Roads again clear. Much excitement in town about [torn] hear that the inhabitants of Atlanta have been ordered to leave the place in a few days, either to go North or South, and the same order is apprehended will be issued here; unless the order in Atlanta arises, as is surmized by some in consequence of so many citizens having remained there, as not to afford unoccupied houses enough for Hospitals & officers uses. I cannot well credit the rumor, as the Federal Army has expressed surprize at the folly of the people in abandoning their Homes as their Army approaches; if such be their feelings they cannot be willing to force off those who do remain; & yet the course they are pursuing of refusing to sell provisions & clothing to those who remain & who have been robbed of everything, tends to the same result. War seems to be like party politics, a complete game of lieing, deception is strategy. Honesty in War & Politics is deemed and treated as poor Policy. Many of the Ladies in Marietta are making arrangements to quit & go South, some went out into the country yesterday to engage Wagons to remove them towards the eastward; A large drove of Beef cattle came up from the front today–what can be the cause? On my return from town I heard my Guard had left in a hurry, saying that 2 men had met him near the old stable & Barn while he was out Bird hunting & had taken his Gun & Jacket from him, had they been Conf. Scouts they would have taken him also. I have not seem him since, there is some mystery about it. The servants seem to think it is a trick of the Guard, I think it more probable, that some of [torn] men, knowing him to be timid & in the habit of going [torn] would scare & rob him. Whatever be the cause, [torn] will allow him to stay with me much [torn] it was only a trick of the guard to steal the Gun; some of [torn] opinion–very probably it is so as stealing seems to be [torn] man has been with me

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From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill