December 18, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Saturday Dec 18th 1864

Went to “Kings bridge” to day [today] in company with Capt [Captain] Lockwood Lt [Lieutenant] Johnson and “Hank Comstock” — Went to see the “fleet” and to get something for our men to eat — only one boat at the bridge unloading Rations. A large no of soldiers at the landing. 12th Ills started for Hilton Head to day [today] in charge of prisoners – After repeated efforts at the bridge we succeeded in getting some “Hard tack” & sugar for our men – Returned about dark. Had a rich dinner today – “Bill of Fare” “Dried Apples” – Men are living on “parched corn” to day” [today] - Rations will be issued some time tonight. Men are very hungry — A battery of 32 Rd Parrott guns arrived today from New York & was sent to the 20th AC on the left of our lines. – 17th AC are worse off than our corps for Rations – Capt [Captain] Compton “[illegible] ” was mustered out today & will start march soon.

From the Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Hargrett Library
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/hargrett/platter/006.php