Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
Up this morning at an early hour and commenced loading up the things – After Breakfast I discovered that my pocket [added book] containing $175. was either lost or stolen – I looked in every nook & corner for it – but could not find it. Left at six o clock. 81st bringing up the rear of the Brigade – We left all our tents standing and many things which we could not bring away with us – they were all destroyed by fire by the 52d [unclear: Ills. [Illinois] ] which brought up the rear of the Division. The Railroad Depots Foundry and every thing of value to the enemy in Rome was destroyed. All the way from Rome to Kingston the road was lined with “contrabands” of all ages sizes and sexes – It was indeed a novel sight to see these people fleeing from Slavery. Every one was loaded – some with bundles of clothes and bedding larger than themselves. We passed through a country which showed plainly the ravages of war. We reached Kingston at 3 P.M., the town was full of soldiers waiting to see a Rebel Captain hung who had murdered several soldiers of the 33d [unclear: O.V.s[Ohio Volunteers] ] - they were found in the woods hung up by the heels with their throats cut. We marched past Genl [General] Shermans Head Quarters
at “Shoulder Arms” with band playing and Colors flying. Presented a fine appearance. Went into camp about Sundown 4 mile South of Kingston on the R.R. A beautiful day. fine weather for marching. Made out a report of “effective strength”. Wrote a short letter to Father and sent it North by Mr [unclear: Alehurst (Sutler)] - Orders to march at 3.45 tomorrow morning.
From Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library Special Collections