December 25, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Sunday Dec 25th 1864 

– Was up early – Lt [Lieutenant] Johnson and I attended preaching this morning at the Presbyterian Church and heard a splendid sermon by the Rev [Reverend] Dr Axson. a noted DD. Quite a number of citizens were out. – In Afternoon went to 17th AC and saw Dave Plattes Capt [Captain] Simpson & c [et cetera] Sent a wagon after Oysters this morning – but they did not have very good success. House sacking was carried on quite extensively all day on the road between camp and town. The city was full of drunken soldiers and officers — Had a splendid oyster supper this evening. No news today. 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 25, 1864.

Sadai jumped out of bed very early this morning to feel in her stocking. She could not believe but that there would be something in it. Finding nothing, she crept back into bed, pulled the cover over her face, and I soon heard her sobbing. The little negroes all came in: “Christmas gift, mist’ess! Christmas gift, mist’ess!”

I pulled the cover over my face and was soon mingling my tears with Sadai’s.
From Documenting the American South – UNC Chapel Hill