December 6, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Tuesday Dec 6th 1864

Did not cross the river last night – We are still in the camp

which we occupied last night. This has been the first days rest we have had since leaving Rome. We washed, read, slept, &c. [et cetera] Had Company “Inspection” – found arms in good condition & men well supplied withammunition. The other Divs [Divisions] of our corps proceeded down the river. Lt [Lieutenant] Pittman and 45 men were detailed to cross the river and “tap” the R.R. but on going to the River found nothing to cross on so returned to camp – Our Pioneer Corps has been busy all day fixing roads – No news from the 14 & 20 Corps – Suppose they have been fighting some as we heard distant [unclear: Canonnading ] yesterday – We are now 35 mile from Savannah and by this time next week we hope to be enjoying the “balmy breezes” of the sea coast. Do not know whether we will proceed directly to Savannah – it may be we are only making a  [unclear: "feint"] and instead of going to S. will Cross the Savannah River and tread the Sacred Soil of South Carolina”. Heard today that Gen [General] Foster had destroyed the [deleted: fleet off] Charleston and Savannah R.R. It is now 26 days since we left Rome and we are all hungry for “Northern news”. It is no fun being “cut off” from the civilized world. Quite a number of Contrabands came in today and they afforded us a good deal of amusement dancing wrestling & c. [et cetera]

 

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