December 14, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Wednesday Dec 14th 1864.

Gen. [General] Rice did not cross the “Ogeechee last night as expected, much to the “Chagrin” of Gen. [General] Corse – At 2 AM Genl [General] Corse sent for 2 of our best Companies to effect a crossing, but after going to the River did not attempt it. Co [Colonel] ”E” 12 Ills [illegible] & remained all day. Very little forming along the line to day [today]. Ft [Fort] McAllister was captured yesterday evening it was taken by the 2d Div [Division] [illegible]Capturing its garrison of 250 men [added and] 19 Guns Our loss was about 80 killed and wounded Enemies [Enemies]loss heavy – We now have a base of supplies and Shermans Grand army is safe and can defy the whole [illegible] Do not think we will do anything untill [until] we get a fresh supply of rations – We are now very short and have nothing but “corn bread” to eat – no coffee – The Brigade came in from the RR Bridge this morning, being relieved by 3d Div [Division] Was down to the “Ogeechee” this morning – think it will be very difficult [difficut] to effect a crossing Lieut [Lieutenant] Pittman was sent for by Gen [General] Corse – A large mail reported “aboard” the fleet. which we are very anxious to get. It is more than a month since we have seen any northern papers.

 

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