December 23, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Friday Dec 23d 64 

Up early. Wind still blowing and quite cold. Had to move our quarters this morning – as the 3d Div [Division] of our Corps were to camp where we were — We moved to a much better place 300 yds [yards] in rear of Brigade Hd Qrs. [Head Quarters] inside of the “Rebel Works” Our Hd Qrs [Head Quarters] are near a “dutchmans” house – will make him evacuate a room for us. Lt[Lieutenant] Johnson applied for “leave of absence” today but it will not be granted. Rec’d [Received] a large mail this evening but “Nary letter” for me. Orders came to be ready for review tomorrow – our whole corps will be reviewed by Genl [General]Sherman. No news. Retired early.


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


Dolly Sumner Lunt
A Georgia Woman’s Wartime Journal

DECEMBER 23, 1864.

Just before night Mrs. Robert Rakestraw and Miss Mary drove up to spend the night with me. They had started down into Jasper County, hoping to get back their buggy, having heard that several buggies were left at Mr. Whitfield’s by the Yankees.

Nothing new! It is confidently believed that Savannah has been evacuated. I hear nothing from my boys. Poor fellows, how I miss them!

From Documenting the American South – UNC Chapel Hill