December 10, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Saturday Dec 10th 1864. 

Regiment ordered to remain as Guards to “Division train”. Capt [Captain] [unclear: Vanplet] with a platoon of “A” Co [Company] was sent to the RR. but didn’t not develop any enemy. 12th & 66th Ills went to the R.R.

bridge over the Little Ogeechee River – 1st and 3d Brigades moved forward on the main Savannah road. The train moved after dinner, crossed the west fork of the Little Ogeechee, & went in “flank” at 4 P.M 8 1/2 miles from Savannah & [unclear: 11/2] mile from our front. Went up to the front [added and] could plainly see Rebel tents & works – A large swamp intervenes between us & the enemy — They have opened the “flood gates” of the canal and have “flooded” the country to prevent our crossing. Heavy cannonading all day. but without any [deleted: result] [added results]. The “Seige [Siege] of Savannah” may be said to have commenced today – As the City is entirely inverted — Saw some splendid Rice plantations to day [today] - No communation [communication] opened yet. and Crackers are getting scarce It is very probable we will have to open a “Cracker line”. before Savannah falls. Col [Colonel] Adams sends for 81st, but Genl [General] Corse says it Can’t be spared – Cloudy and appearance of rain. Retired early.


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