November 14, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Monday Nov 14th 1864. 

Left camp at 8 o’clock – took the Atlanta road and marched on it. until we were within two mile of the “Chattahoochee” – when we took the road to “Turners Ferry” and marched for

4 mile alongside a complete “chain” of Forts and works built by the enemy for the defence of Atlanta – It would have been impossible to have to run them by assault, and we can plainly see the reason of our flank movement “[unclear: era] ” of Rosswell last July – At the “Ferry” were pontoons laid guarded by a Brigade of the 2d Div [Division] 15 A.C. The enemy had strong forts & works here defended by heavy guns. We went into camp on the south bank of the River. We are 5 mile from Atlanta.

 

 

From Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library Special Collections
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/hargrett/platter/001.php