December 19, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Monday Dec 19th 1864

Was up early and sent “Charlie [unclear: Straw] ” to the [unclear: River] to get the Rosters for Officers & Sergeants. As I wanted to make some changes. Leuts [Lieutenants] Ellis Dixon & Miller were “mustered out” to day [today] - their time of service having expired : – Lt [Lieutenant] Harbaugh temporarilly [temporarily] assigned to the command of “B” Co [Company] Rec’d [Received]“Muster out” Rolls of “B” & “C” Leut [Lieutenant] Pittman and 10 volunteers crossed the “Little Ogeechee” this evening at nine oclock and explored the ground on the opposite side — he reported that a crossing could be made and Col [Colonel] Adams wanted to cross his Brigade immediately – but Gen [General] Osterhaus would not let him I suppose we will cross the “Rubicon” tomorrow night – Gen [General] Rice attempted to effect a crossing but failed – a few shells demoralized him Capt [Captain] McCain & squad floated down the River in a boat right under the guns of a Rebel battery for which they deserve the thanks of the Div [Division] – Still starving — a full supply of Rations will by issued tonight.


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