Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
“Thanksgiving Day” in Georgia. A most lovely day. Ordered to march at half past five and left at that time Our Brigade having the advance – After marching several mile we over took the “pontoon train”. which was just “pulling out”. but as they had fresh teams they did not delay us. When about 2 mile from Gordon we were surprised to hear cannonading in our rear and for a time we supposed we were attacked – A halt was ordered but it was only for a few minutes, as it was soon ascertained the
enemy were not molesting our Column Did not hear what the cause of firing was. but suppose it was either Kilpatricks cavalry or the “blowing up” of an amunition[ammunition] wagon loaded with shell – which was left yesterday “stuck” in the mud – Passed through Gordon at 9.A.M and went in camp 2 mile south of this town about 10.A.M. occupying works which our forces threw up some days ago – distance marched 10 mile – Country level and soil very sandy. roads splendid. Gordon is the Junction of the Milledgeville RR and the Macon & Augusta RR – We found the RR & depot buildings entirely destroyed – Do not know how much of the RR is destroyed. Most of our Corps was here but left for Irwinton this morning – Yesterday Walcotts Brigade had a sharp fight with the enemy near Johnsonville – our loss was 80 killed and wounded. and the enemy left 300 Dead in the field – their loss was 1000. All the Rebel forces seem to be in Macon Awaiting our arrival but they will be sadly disappointed for we seem to be taking a direct route to Savannah. – All are anxious to hear from the “outer world”. We had our “Thanksgiving dinner” at supper. Bill of fare. – Fresh Pork Sweet Potatoes Corn Cakes Honey & Coffee — We are living like “Kings” – We all enjoyed our rest finally this afternoon. – We changed “our linen” and feel clean once more — Was in Corinth Miss [Mississippi] one year ago today.
From Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library Special Collections