December 12, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Monday Dec 12th 1864 

Did not move to day [today]. Last night was cold and windy and it has been quite cool all day. Heavy cannonading all day but no musketry Lt [Lieutenant] Johnson & I rode to “the front” this afternoon. Saw the Rebel batteries with their flags floating in the “breeze” We keep up a thin line of pickets and in some places it is not necessary to have any at all for it is Just impossible to cross on account of the extreme swamp between us – The enemy are very strongly fortified and it may take us sometime to dislodge them. Gen [General] Osterhaus was shelled out of his Hd [Head] Quarters today – Genl [General] Kilpatricks cavalry goes to the coast to open communication — Capt[Captain] Lockwood detailed as “Div [Division] Off of the Day” We have [unclear: 20] men on the “Picket line”. Expected the Brigade in this evening but it did not arrive. We retired early. still blowing and cold.


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