Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
First day of Winter. and we can congratulate ourselves that we are in a more congenial clime than our friends at home. It was foggy again this morning but the sun soon came out and we had a warm pleasant day. Marched about 12 mile [deleted: and went] Country more fertile and thickly settled. We did not cross the River at Herndon as expected. When we were within
two mile of the crossing, We took the Savannah road and travelled 8 mile down the Ogeechee and are still on the South bank of the River in Emmanuel Co.[County] about two mile from the river and six from Milan Div. [Division] not known when we will cross the River perhaps not until we get within 18 mile of Savannah – Are in camp near 1st Div. [Division] Engaged a “contraband” today to take care of my horse. Heard some splendid news. That Genl [General] Granger has captured Mobile. Hood is badly whipped at Pulaski “and then we heard something that was not so agreeable ”that the enemy had us (Shermans army) surrounded and it was only a question of time about his whole army being captured – but we cant see the surrounding [unclear: post].
From the Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Hargrett Library