Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
Wednesday, Nov 23rd 64
Up early, still very cold. Did not get started untill [until] 10 am in consequence of the trains being so “mixed up” – Passed through Clinton County seat of Jones Co[County] - A muddy dirty, delapidated [dilapidated] Southern town — Nearly all the citizens have left for parts “unknown”. Here we were met by 55 fresh teams for the Pontoons and we got along first rate after that. – They were sent by Genl [General] Osterhaus – Roads are still very heavy though they are better than they were yesterday. – We heard of the capture of Milledgeville which fell into our hands the 20th without a fight. When we left Clinton did not take the Macon road but proceeded towards Gordon – so I suppose we will not see Macon – We are 15 mile in rear of everything and the order is for us to “hurry up” but we cannot on account of the pontoon train – The country is full of Rebel Cavalry — At Clinton we found the 1st Brig [Brigade] 2d Div [Division] [illegible] line watching for the “Johnnies” – The train got stuck in the mud After night and the[illegible] . all but a guard. were ordered forward into camp. Near Wallace at 10. P.M Distance marched 11 mile Soil sandy & productive. Country broken.
From Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library Special Collections