Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
Up at 4 AM. and breakfast at 5 Rec’d [Received] a mail this morning just before starting. Suppose it will be our last mail for sometime. Rec’d [Received] one letter from home – from “Sib” – We moved at 8 A.M. our Brigade having the [unclear: rear]. We passed over historic ground today Ackworth. Big Shanty. & Kennesaw Mt[Mountain] - they looked very familiar – the two former were entirely destroyed by fire which was done by the “Yankee vandals” The 14[unclear: th AC] were destroying the RR at Ackworth. – At Big Shanty we found the RR. completely destroyed – ties burnt and rails bent. We are now certain that we are entirely cut off from communication with the north and are an isolated command.
We marched today in two ranks on each side of the train. Went into camp at the foot of Kennesaw Mt [Mounain] on the South side. About 1 mile from Marietta. Genl [General] Kilpatricks Cavalry was reviewed by Genl [General] Sherman at Marietta today and it is said they presented a fine appearance. Did not go up on Kennesaw Mt. those who did. say they can see burning buildings in every direction – even see Atlanta burning – . Marietta is all a “blaze” – We had a fine days march. – the country was entirely cut up with fortifications of every description – Seen[added the] grave[deleted: s] of many a brave hero who fell in the defence of his country.
From Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library Special Collections