December 24, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Saturday Dec 24th 64

Was up early – As ordered the Regt [Regiment] prepared for Review. 81st was attached to Gen [General] Rice’s Brigade. Our [illegible] was formed on Broad St. Passed in review before Gen[General] Sherman Howard Osterhaus & c [et cetera] presenting a fine appearance. Col [Colonel] Adams did not go on review as he had no command. — Glorious news from Thomas. “Hood” has been badly defeated before Nashville. has lost 60 pieces of Artillery and 10.000 prisoners and he is retreating Southward rapidly.

No mail today

Retired at 9 1/2 P.M –


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 24, 1864.

This has usually been a very busy day with me, preparing for Christmas not only for my own tables, but for gifts for my servants. Now how changed! No confectionery, cakes, or pies can I have. We are all sad; no loud, jovial laugh from our boys is heard. Christmas Eve, which has ever been gaily celebrated here, which has witnessed the popping of fire-crackers [the Southern custom of celebrating Christmas with fireworks] and the hanging up of stockings, is an occasion now of sadness and gloom. I have nothing even to put in Sadai’s stocking, which hangs so invitingly for Santa Claus. How disappointed she will be in the morning, though I have explained to her why he cannot come. Poor children! Why must the innocent suffer with the guilty?

From Documenting the American South- UNC Chapel Hill