December 13, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Tuesday Dec 13th 1864 

Up early. Cold and very windy. Rec’d [Received] orders to move to the right of the “Anderson place” in “the live oak grove” near the spring. Were ordered to keep the men well screened from the Enemies batteries — We moved to the place assigned us and soon found that we were in splendid range of a battery – for the enemy discovered our position & shelled us furiously for a while but we only had one man wounded Fletcher B. Haynes severely in shoulder Obtained intrenching tools from the 3d Brigade and [unclear: threw] up a splendid line of works. Can see the Rebel works very plainly but the distance is too great for musketry. Heavy cannonading & musketry in direction of Ft [Fort] McAllister — Suppose it to be our men attacking the fort. Genl [General] Rice will attempt to cross the Little Ogeechee tonight – Had a taste of salt water today the tide comes up this far. — The Brigade has not yet arrived and no news from it. Rebs are very “saucy” in our front. No news from the fleet or any part of our line.


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