December 31, 1864

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

Saturday Dec 31st 1864

The companies were mustered for pay today [to - day] - Spent the forenoon in making muster Rolls for “Field and Staff”. Lt [Lieutenant] Tyler gave us a call this morning and Major made some “Alabams” – As soon as we were through mustering Major H and Hays imbibed very frequently and consequently both became beastly drunk — Tumblers were broken papers & reports spoiled and havoc made generally — so we were very much relieved when they got past navigation — Our oyster wagon returned and we had a huge “Oyster Supper” — Major H not able to eat Oysters — Owing to the inclemency of the weather – no parade was held this evening — Procured some papers of date 1798 — sent a copy to Lizzie – one home and several to Dr. Miller – Sat up untill [until] eleven oclock & then retired. Slept with Capt [Captain]Lockwood in front of the fire on the floor. Our blankets were in a condition not to be used tonight – so Joe & I had to separate. Do not think, I will soon forget this day.

Farewell 1864


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