November 28, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Monday Nov 28. ’64 

Left camp at half past five o clock. Our Brigade having the advance. Passed through Wrightsville the county seat of Johnson Co. [County] - the most miserable looking town I ever saw — Went into camp 11/2 mile east of Wrightsville at 1. O clock Our Brigade got on the wrong road today and this evening we find ourselves alone with the ordinance train six mile from any other force – The other two Brigades took the right road and are in camp six mile from Johnsonville. Genl [General] Howard & staff 

were with us untill [until] 4 .PM. when they started to find their Hd Qrs [Head Quarters] font color=”#009900″>[unclear: Corse] is with us To day [Today] we passed through a level pine country – mostly “pine woods pasture not very thickly settled – but as no troops had been on this route we found hogs cattle chickens & [et cetera] in abundance. Quite a number of Horses & Mules were captured in the swamps today also some liquors – The Citizens to whom the animals belonged were hiding from the Yankees in the Swamps – some of them had come 30 mile from Sandersville .Several prisoners were captured today - Nothing but women are found at the houses we pass all the men folks having “skiddalded” .Cannot yet tell where we are going. but from the direction taken, think we will pass between Melton and Augusta. Cross the Savannah River near Jacksonboro on Mobleys Pond and threaten both Charleston and Savannah – reaching a base of supplies at Beaufort S.C. Plenty of Niggers & Mules hid away in these fine swamps. Distance marched 14 mile

 

 

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