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Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864 - 1865
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Author: Platter, Cornelius C.
Extent: 182 p.
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C. C. Platter
81st Ohio Infty [Infantry] Vols [Volunteers]
Savannah Ga [Georgia]
Jany 20th 1865.

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Rome Ga Nov 10th 1864 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

During the last two weeks we have been expecting "marching orders". More than a week since we rec'd [received] orders to prepare for a "long arduous & successful campaign". Many different opinions have been expressed as to our probable destination - Some think we will make direct for Charleston S.C. others that we will visit Mobile - but the most general belief is that Savannah will be the objective point - Nothing definite however is known concerning the coming movement - Received orders this evening to move at six o'clock tomorrow morning - All tents and other government property which we can not take with us to be left standing undisturbed - The 52d [unclear: Ills. [Illinois] ] is to be left behind to destroy everything and bring up the rear. The Division wagon train

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moved out this evening on the Kingston road accompanied by the 3rd Brigade - they will go about six mile. Quarters and buildings in town were burning [deleted: on] all afternoon - Large fire in town tonight. All is the work of rowdy soldiers. Had Dress Parade this morning. Made one mistake - Read an order consolidating "B" and "D" C & II during the coming campaign. No mail nor trains today - We packed up this evening and will be ready.

Friday Nov 11th 1864. [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up this morning at an early hour and commenced loading up the things - After Breakfast I discovered that my pocket [added book] containing $175. was either lost or stolen - I looked in every nook & corner for it - but could not find it. Left at six o clock. 81st bringing up the rear of the Brigade - We left all our tents standing

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and many things which we could not bring away with us - they were all destroyed by fire by the 52d [unclear: Ills. [Illinois] ] which brought up the rear of the Division. The Railroad Depots Foundry and every thing of value to the enemy in Rome was destroyed. All the way from Rome to Kingston the road was lined with "contrabands" of all ages sizes and sexes - It was indeed a novel sight to see these people fleeing from Slavery. Every one was loaded - some with bundles of clothes and bedding larger than themselves. We passed through a country which showed plainly the ravages of war. We reached Kingston at 3 P.M., the town was full of soldiers waiting to see a Rebel Captain hung who had murdered several soldiers of the 33d [unclear: O.V.s [Ohio Volunteers] ] - they were found in the woods hung up by the heels with their throats cut. We marched past Genl [General] Shermans Head Quarters

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at "Shoulder Arms" with band playing and Colors flying. Presented a fine appearance. Went into camp about Sundown 4 mile South of Kingston on the R.R. A beautiful day. fine weather for marching. Made out a report of "effective strength". Wrote a short letter to Father and sent it North by Mr [unclear: Alehurst (Sutler)] - Orders to march at 3.45 tomorrow morning.

Saturday Nov 12th 1864 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up at 2 A.M. had breakfast at 3 AM were under way at the appointed time our Brigade having the advance. Reached Cassville by daylight. The place was burned by our troops last Summer and presented nothing but a mass of ruins. Only two houses are standing and they are churches. Reached Cartersville at 10 AM where we halted several hours. Everything at Cartersville has been destroyed today Quite a number of wagons were

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burned and enough medical supplies to last a Division 3 months. Some of the brave heroes who fell at Allatoona were buried here. Col [Colonel] Bedfield Capt [Captain] Agors & c. [et cetera] We passed through the famous "Allatoona pass" this afternoon. - If Sherman had attempted to reach Atlanta through this "pass" he certainly would have been defeated. Reached Allatoona at 3 P.M. Passed over the battle ground of Oct 4th and 5th which still presents many evident signs of a hard fought battle. Everything along the [unclear: road] gave us evident proof that Sherman intends to evacuate the R.R. from Atlanta North to Resaca or Dalton - Twelve long trains heavily loaded went north today and none South. We crossed the Etowa River at noon. Went into Camp at 4 P.M. 2 mile South of Allatoona. We had a Sumptuous supper coffee "& Hard tack" - Roads are in splendid condition and trains keep well "closed up" - We feared though

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