January 1, 1865

Cornelius Platter Diary Entry
(Union Soldier)

January 1st 1865 

A bright clear day — very cool in the morning. Water nearly an inch thick in water bucket. Major N. arose feeling quite badly after his dissipation of yesterday. Leut [Lieutenant] Johnson & I attending preaching in forenoon at the Presbyterian Church and heard a splendid sermon by Dr Axson. Quite a large number of Citizens were present. Genl [General] Sherman was out and attracted the attention of the Citizens. In the Afternoon Lts [Lieutenants] Johnson Pittman Jack Comstock & “Peggy” rode down to Ft. [Fort] Thunderbolt – which is a strongly fortified position — From the fort we proceeded to “Bonaventure Country” where we saw some of the grandest scenery imaginable — Saw several Palmetto trees — Returned about 4 P.M had Dress Parade Capt [Captain] V officiating

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