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Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864 - 1865
Pages 85 - 90

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her some moss & c. [et cetera] & c. [et cetera] Made out a another Roster of Sergeants and wrote another letter to the "Adjt [Adjutant] Genl [General] of Ohio" both were signed by Col [Colonel] Adams. he recommended 5 Sergts [Sergeants] for promotion - Sergeants Rush Hays [unclear: Harbrusin] Mason and [unclear: Branman] -- Maj [Major] H. made considerable "fuss" about Col. [Colonel] A sending a Roster and said the first Roster made should go to Columbus -- Retired late

Still raining at 10 1/2 P.M.

Monday Jany 23rd 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up early after a good nights rest and found it still raining - [unclear: Sent] of the rosters which Col [Colonel] Adams signed last night - Remained in camp all day. Towards evening it cleared off and it looks as if we are going to have pleasant weather - Recd [Received] another small mail today but nothing for me. The 3rd Div [Division] taking transports for Beaufort

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and expect we will follow in a few days. Lt [Lieutenant] Robinson is with us and will stay as long as we remain here. .Had a game of authors this evening - Retired late - clear and windy as retiring.

Tuesday Jany 24th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Was up not very early -- very cold and windy throughout the day and we all kept close to the fire. No news of any importance - No mail. .Capt [Captain] Guthrie gave us a call -- he informed us that we would move day after tomorrow our Div [Division] will go up the Savannah River on the Georgia side to Sisters "Ferry" and rejoin the army near Beaufort. -- Lt [Lieutenant] Pittman and Howell gave us a call this evening

Wednesday Jany 25th 1865

After a good nights rest was up early - cold and still windy No news of any importance

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We were expecting orders to move any moment .but they are not received. - It is said the 1st Brigade have orders to move tomorrow, they will go ahead and repair the roads - Lts [Lieutenants] Robinson Johnson and I went down town after dinner. Went to "barber shop" and got my hair cut shampooed & c. [et cetera]

Retired late

Thursday Jany 26th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Update. 1st Brigade moved out but returned in a short time - Genl [General] Corse ordered it to move after the 20th Corps and they were expected to move today but did not -- A large mail arrived to - day [today] but we will not get it untill [until] tomorrow for it takes sometime to distribute so large a mail - Has been a very [illegible] though cool and windy.

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Friday Jany 27th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up early -- There is a strong probability afloat that we will move tomorrow. So Joe and I spent the forenoon in making out reports so as to be ready to move. The last of the 20th Corps move out today and the 3d Brigade moved out after them. Recd [Received] a large mail today. got 3 letters. One from home. one from Lizzie and the other announcing Dave Murphys arrival at Columbus, O. This will be our last mail for sometime as we will not join our Corps untill [until] we get near Branchville S.C. Nothing definite is known concerning the coming campaigns. It is said we will take the same amount of rations as we did on the Savannah campaign - Wrote several letters and will send them North by Leut [Lieutenant] Robinson who will start North as soon as a[illegible] leaves -- Packed up this eve and will be ready to start at 7 AM

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tomorrow morning - the time we are ordered to be ready to move.

Retired late.

Saturday Jany 28th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

After retiring last night was awakened at 11 1/2 A.M. by the explosions of shells in the Rebel arsenel [arsenal] which was destroyed by fire - at times the explosions were terrific. A great many buildings were burned and a number of lives, were lost. The 'fire engines" could do but very little to extinguishe [extinguish] the flames on account of the bursting of the shells. Was up early - packed and loaded up and left at the time ordered. 81st bringing up the rear of the Brigade - rear of the Div [Division] and the rear of Shermans army. We passed through the city and took the Louisville Road and traveled briskly untill [until] sundown making 18 mile and camped 2 mile east of Eden - We passed through a low marsh country and as the roads were impassable, we marched on the RR

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the rails and this having been removed so that wagons could travel over it. This has been a cold raw day. Lt. [Lieutenant] Robinson left this morning in the "America" for the North. There are various rumors afloat as to our probable destination but the general impression is that we will make for Wilmington N.C. Our Div Div [Div [Division] ] will cross the Savannah at Sisters Ferry. The 14th and 21st Corps are ahead of us.

Retired early.

Sunday Jany 29th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

This has not seemed much like Sunday. "Broke up" camp at 6 1/2 am and traveled until sundown, camping 1 mile south of Springfield - having marched 14 mile over the most miserable roads imaginable - Country very poor. only saw two houses to day -- No forage - The 81st being in the advance we had plenty of work to do, making "corduroy" . The country to day [today] was swampy and unproductive -- Heard to day [today] Genl [General]

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