November 12, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Saturday Nov 12th 1864 

Up at 2 A.M. had breakfast at 3 AM were under way at the appointed time our Brigade having the advance. Reached Cassville by daylight. The place was burned by our troops last Summer and presented nothing but a mass of ruins. Only two houses are standing and they are churches. Reached Cartersville at 10 AM where we halted several hours. Everything at Cartersville has been destroyed today Quite a number of wagons were burned and enough medical supplies to last a Division 3 months. Some of the brave heroes who fell at Allatoona were buried here. Col [Colonel] Bedfield Capt [Captain] Agors & c. [et cetera]We passed through the famous “Allatoona pass” this afternoon. – If Sherman had attempted to reach Atlanta through this “pass” he certainly would have been defeated. Reached Allatoona at 3 P.M. Passed over the battle ground of Oct 4th and 5th which still presents many evident signs of a hard fought battle. Everything along the [unclear: road] gave us evident proof that Sherman intends to evacuate the R.R. from Atlanta North to Resaca or Dalton – Twelve long trains heavily loaded went north today and none South. We crossed the Etowa River at noon. Went into Camp at 4 P.M. 2 mile South of Allatoona. We had a Sumptuous supper coffee “& Hard tack” – Roads are in splendid condition and trains keep well “closed up” – We feared though  a country which shows the effects of war. No houses – no fences and the road side strewn with dead mules & broken wagons. A cold & windy day. Retired early.

From Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library Special Collections


Dolly Sumner Lunt
A Georgia Woman’s Wartime Journal

NOVEMBER 12, 1864.

Warped and put in dresses for the loom. Oh, this blockade gives us work to do for all hands!

From Documenting the American South – UNC Chapel Hill