December 2, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

 

Friday Dec 2d 1864 

The weather continues very favorable for campaigning. We certainly should be very thankful to Divine Providence for such delightful weather as we are having. Had it rained much it would have been impossible for us to get through these swamps. It has’nt rained a day since we entered these “pine barrens which are full of swamps. Today when we would halt we were compelled to hunt a “shade”. “Old Sol” was sending down his scorching rays upon us. Expect we will have “Sun Strokes” by Christmas if the weather gets much warmer. Wonder what our Northern friends would say if the knew we were suffering with the heat. – but we find the nights quite cool. This is the most “God forsaken” Country I ever saw. – Nothing but pine Barrens & swamps – with very few houses to relieve the monotony.

Left camp at 8 o’clock this morning. 1st Div [Division] marched on parallel road with our Div. [Division] We crossed “Sculls Creek” this afternoon and went into camp a quarter of a mile from the creek at 4. P.M. Distance marched 10 mile. We are now in a region abounding in alligators “Sarpints” [serpents] & c. [et cetera]Alligators are said to be quite numerous in “Sculls Creek” Pontoons are laid across the “Ogeechee” about a mile distant and the 1st Brigade and one Brig [Brigade]from 1st Div [Division] are across tearing up R.R. – We are in Bullock Co [County] just opposite Scarboro Do not think our Corps will cross the River here, but proceed down the South bank of the River. No Enemy in our front and the work goes bravely on. Heard today through Rebel papers that a large “Yankee fleet” of 70 vessels was off “Hilton Head” — Suppose they are to cooperate with us. We are all enjoying ourselves finely – as I write every thing looks cheerful and happy and contented around me. Major H. Capt. [Captain] V. and Lts [Lieutenants]Johnson and Pittman are enjoying a game of Whist – Joe “Cor” & “Peggy” are each deep in the hidden mysteries of “yellow backed Literature.” Do not think we will move tomorrow. as we are ordered to drain “full rations” of soap, and think we will have a chance to wash and clean up. Retired late.

 

 

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