November 17, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Thursday Nov 17th 1864

We recd [received] orders to move before daylight for we had the advance of the Division We took the McDonough road and passed through a country never plouted [polluted] by the foot of a “Yankee”. The country is more open today than it was yesterday and the marching much easier. than heretofore. We passed through McDonaugh. the county seat of Henry Co [County] which is a village of not much importance. near McDonaugh we passed 1st 2d and 3d Division of our Corps. Being in the advance we obtained plenty of Forage of every description – such as Pork Sweet potatoes Honey & c [et cetera] & c [et cetera] - We went into camp 3 mile from Jackson the county seat of Butts Co [County] in an oak grove. – Distance marched 19 mile – It is still a mystery where we are going. I think we will cross the Ocmulgee River tomorrow and then we will either go down the east bank of the River to Macon or go direct to Miledgeville – We can reach either place in 3 days – Along our route today we surprised the citizens very much they were not expecting us so soon. Had some splendid persimmons today – the best I ever ate – A fine day for marching.


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 17, 1864.

Have been uneasy all day. At night some of the neighbors who had been to town called. They said it was a large force moving very slowly. What shall I do ? Where go?

From Documenting the American South – UNC Chapel Hill