November 21, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Monday Nov 21st, 64 

Up at 4 o’clock and found it raining very hard. it rained nearly all last night. Had orders to move at 4[unclear: 1/2] am but did not move until 6.A.M. Brigade Hd. Qrs [Head Quarters] Were “behind time” this morning and had to start without breakfast — Passed through Montcello a very pretty village. Saw some beautiful gardens — full of roses and flowers in full bloom. — “Red white & blue” — it was indeed strange to see such colors in “Dixie land” - “Pontoon train” in our front which delayed us very much – roads very heavy – rained most of the day – This has been about the most disagreeable day we have seen lately.

Passed through Hillsboro. Which was an insignificant town. but it is in ashes now – Went in camp half a mile south of Hillsboro in an open field – No wood nor rails near and a cold piercing wind blowing – We had rails hauled and made ourselves comfortable for the night – We came 11 mile

Our Div [Division] seems to be marching on a road by itself. Have not seen anything of the other Corps or Divisions since we left the Ocmulgee. We are still uncertain whether we will go to Macon or Milledgeville.


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 21, 1864.

We had the table laid this morning, but no bread or butter or milk. What a prospect for delicacies! My house is a perfect fright. I had brought in Saturday night some thirty bushels of potatoes and ten or fifteen bushels of wheat poured down on the carpet in the ell. Then the few gallons of syrup saved was daubed all about. The backbone of a hog that I had killed on Friday, and which the Yankees did not take when they cleaned out my smokehouse, I found and hid under my bed, and this is all the meat I have.

Major Lee came down this evening, having heard that I was burned out, to proffer me a home. Mr. Dorsett was with him. The army lost some of their beeves in passing. I sent to-day and had some driven into my lot, and then sent to Judge Glass to come over and get some. Had two killed. Some of Wheeler’s men came in, and I asked them to shoot the cattle, which they did.

About ten o’clock this morning Mr. Joe Perry [Mrs. Laura's husband] called. I was so glad to see him that I could scarcely forbear embracing him. I could not keep from crying, for I was sure the Yankees had executed him, and I felt so much for his poor wife. The soldiers told me repeatedly Saturday that they had hung him and his brother James and George Guise. They had a narrow escape, however, and only got away by knowing the country so much better than the soldiers did. They lay out until this morning. How rejoiced I am for his family! All of his negroes are gone, save one man that had a wife here at my plantation. They are very strong Secesh [Secessionists]. When the army first came along they offered a guard for the house, but Mrs. Laura told them she was guarded by a Higher Power, and did not thank them to do it. She says that she could think of nothing else all day when the army was passing but of the devil and his hosts. She had, however, to call for a guard before night or the soldiers would have taken everything she had.
From Documenting the American South – UNC Chapel Hill