November 15, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)


Tuesday Nov 15th 1864 

Up at 2 a.m. started at 4 on the Atlanta road. Our Brigade “escorted” the Div [Division] supply train into Atlanta.

On the way in we passed over some familiar ground – Where we laid 16 days last August under fire all the time. Saw the effects of our shots upon the timber in front of our line. We certainly must have made it very “warm” for the enemy. Their works in our front were very strong and we can now understand why we did not assault their works. We found a great many buildings burning in Atlanta. R.R. Depot torn down and the RR destroyed. made a detail to lead our “supply train” – A large quantity of Tobacco, bread and meat were issued to the Brig. [Brigade] - At the R.R. depot saw 13.64. Pounders which were rendered entirely worthless – About 3 P.M. the RR depot which contained a large quantity of shells was fired. and at times the the explosions were terrific but fortunately no one was hurt. A large quantity of clothing which we did not have transportation for was distributed to the troops and when we left town every man was loaded with clothing Rations & c. [et cetera] We left Atlanta at 4. P.M. on the “East Point road and by the time we were two mile

from town it was dark and we beheld a grand sight – The burning of the “Gate City”. All the principal buildings were on fire and the sight was indeed grand. We went into camp 2 mile north of East Point – has very much the appearance of rain this evening. This has indeed been a strange day – In the morning we passed over the ground where so many of our “brothers in arms” spilt their life blood and during the day seen the destruction of Atlanta. Such a day as this one seldom sees and it will not soon be forgotten but this wanton destruction of property would soon demoralize any army — I think Sherman intends to devaste [devastate] the whole country as he goes. This day may be considered the beginning of the campaign - Today we joined our corps and the different divisions headed southward. While in Atlanta received an old mail. Rec’d [Received] one letter from Lizzie. Recd [Received] $50 today from R.W. Suttrell


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


Dolly Sumner Lunt
A Georgia Woman’s War Journal

NOVEMBER 15, 1864.

Went up to Covington to-day to pay the Confederate tax. Did not find the commissioners. Mid [a slave] drove me with Beck and the buggy. Got home about three o’clock. How very different is Covington from what it used to be! And how little did they who tore down the old flag and raised the new realize the results that have ensued!

From Documenting the American South – UNC Chapel Hill