Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
During the last two weeks we have been expecting “marching orders”. More than a week since we rec’d [received] orders to prepare for a “long arduous & successful campaign”. Many different opinions have been expressed as to our probable destination – Some think we will make direct for Charleston S.C. others that we will visit Mobile – but the most general belief is that Savannah will be the objective point – Nothing definite however is known concerning the coming movement – Received orders this evening to move at six o’clock tomorrow morning – All tents and other government property which we can not take with us to be left standing undisturbed – The 52d [unclear: Ills. [Illinois] ] is to be left behind to destroy everything and bring up the rear. The Division wagon train
moved out this evening on the Kingston road accompanied by the 3rd Brigade – they will go about six mile. Quarters and buildings in town were burning [deleted:on] all afternoon – Large fire in town tonight. All is the work of rowdy soldiers. Had Dress Parade this morning. Made one mistake – Read an order consolidating “B” and “D” C & II during the coming campaign. No mail nor trains today – We packed up this evening and will be ready.
From Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library Special Collections