December 22, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Thursday Dec 22d 1864

A cold windy morning – We obtained a house for Hd Qts [Head Quarters] and spent the day very pleasantly – Lt [Lieutenant] Johnson and I rode down town in the afternoon – The city of Savannah is much larger than I imagined it to be yesterday — We visited the RR buildings. The enemy left a large amount of rolling stock – cars locomotives &c. [et cetera] &c. [et cetera] - We passed through many fine streets & seen many fine buildings – The city

has some splendid Parks. saw the Pulaski & Greene Monuments. — The enemy “blew up” the Rebel [illegible] Savannah last night. it made a fearful and tremendous explosion, – 66 Ills detailed as Provost Guards and ordered to report to Col [Colonel] Woods Had a very disagreeable day. Have made our beds down on the floor and will try sleeping in a house tonight.

Retired early.


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