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Collection Number: 02985-z

Collection Title: William King Papers, 1864; 1879

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Size 21 items.
Abstract Diary, July-September 1864 (180 pages), of William King of Cobb County, Ga., who remained alone on his plantation to protect his property and slaves from depredations by federal forces, and papers, 1879, concerning King's claim against the United States government for damages by federal troops, based on his claim that he was a unionist during the war. Diary entries record difficulties and hardships affecting all classes, his generally good treatment by federal soldiers and discussions of slavery with them, the cancellation of religious services by federal army order after Confederate ministers refused to pray for the United States president, the collapse of Confederate forces around Atlanta, and the return of federal troops from Stoneman's Raid, having suffered greatly.
Creator King, William, fl. 1864-1879.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William King Papers, #2985-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcript and microfilm (of transcript) copies of the diary available.
Full text of diary, 1864
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1953
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Diary, July-September 1864 (180 pages), of William King of Cobb County, Ga., who remained alone on his plantation to protect his property and slaves from depredations by federal forces, and papers, 1879, concerning King's claim against the United States government for damages by federal troops, based on his claim that he was a unionist during the war. Diary entries record difficulties and hardships affecting all classes, his generally good treatment by federal soldiers and discussions of slavery with them, the cancellation of religious services by federal army order after Confederate ministers refused to pray for the United States president, the collapse of Confederate forces around Atlanta, and the return of federal troops from Stoneman's Raid, having suffered greatly.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, October 2009

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