December 5, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Monday Dec 5th 1864

Marched at 5 o’clock our Brigade having the advance. Passed through a local country – The best we have seen for some time – Soil sandy and productive – Saw some splendid “live oaks” today – Marched 20 mile crossing “Belchers Mill Creek and when near the River each man was ordered to “shoulder a rail” and we marched down to a large swamp and left the rails for the Pioneers to build roads with. One of the most beautiful sights I ever saw was the trees in the swamp which were all thickly covered with “Spanish Moss” Went into camp near by. We are just opposite Guyton – This Evening after going in camp each man was ordered to supply himself with 60 Rounds of ammunition. it was thought we would cross the River tonight but it is now 9 o clock and no orders to move yet. but it is very likely we will go over sometime tonight Are waiting for Pontoons to come up — Lt. [Lieutenant] Bruner was quite “salubrious” today.


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