December 9, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Friday Dec 9th 1864. 

Left camp about 8 o’clock. Our Brigade moved out alone – took the Savannah road. After going 3 mile from [added camp] ran into some of the enemy who sent us their compliments in shape of shell & “minnie balls”. but we drove them easily for about 4 mile capturing one piece of artillery. 81st marched 2 1/2 mile through thick woods. Swamps Rice fields &c. [et cetera] trying to flank the Rebel battery. But the enemy were too fast for us. Our skirmishers crossed A branch of the Little Ogeechee when we were ordered to halt. – While resting here a train of Cars passed on the Gulf RR 3/4 of a mile to our right, Lt [Lieutenant] Bruner sent a few shells after them – Understand the train was captured afterwards by the 7th Ills. Ordered to fall back to the “Cross roads”. 81st went in camp at dusk a mile from the “cross roads” in a thick pine woods – We were within 10 mile of Savannah today . Heard cannonading in several directions but no particulars of any fighting – 7th Ills tore up the Gulf RR today. So the enemy have no RR communication – Brigade only had one man wounded today - belonging to the 66″ Ills – though at times the Rebel “shell & ball” flew thick and fast — 81st did not disgrace itself as some expected – No news from the other Div [Division] - Gen [General] Howard was with us most of the forenoon. Distance marched 10 mile


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