December 8, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Thursday Dec 8th 1864. 

Orders to march at 5:30 a.m with 2 days rations – No transportation to be taken except ambulances & “Pack Mules” – Crossed the Ogeechee at “Junks Ferry”, passed through Eden and pushed down the north bank of the river, crossing the S [added and] M R.R. several times – a fine RR – Went into camp about 3 o’clock on the “Ogeechee “Canal. – half a mile from the River — Distance marched 14, mile – The 7th Ills had a slight skirmish this afternoon — A very warm day — Passed through parts of 4 counties today Bullock Bryan. Effingham & Chatham. Country very level. Not thickly settled – Saw a great many “ever greens” which gave the woods the appearance of summer – Saw some splendid “[unclear: Rifle Pits] ” this morning. Other Divs [Divisions] of our Corps across the river 6 mile below us. 17th [unclear: ab. ] 3 mile this side of Eden. 14th [added and] 2d Corps at the Savannah River 10 mile from the City. Our Brigade will have the advance tomorrow and will have something to do — Heard distant cannonading this evening. which is said to be “[unclear: Gun boats] ” down the Ogeechee.” we are gradually drawing Our lines around Savannah. Rebel force in the place said to be 10.000 – We will be in Savannah in 3 days if not there somewhere on the coast Capt [Captain] Guthrie & I took a walk. down to the river. Our wagons will be up sometime tonight — We have our Hd Qrs [Head Quarters] under a beautiful live “oak tree”

 

From the Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Hargrett Library
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/hargrett/platter/006.php