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Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864 - 1865
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and advance of the 14th. It was quite late before the Brigade came in Rec'd [Received] a small mail today - Nothing for me Heard to day [today] that Genl [General] Sherman was within 16 mile of Branchville and expected to occupy the B and a RR immediately and one Brig [Brigade] of the army would go to the right & the other to the left of Columbia. We are in camp near Robertsville. Has been a very pleasant day.


Monday Feby 6th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Left camp at 8 A.M. our Brigade being the rear of the Div. [Division] Passed through Robertsville which was all in ashes except a church Roads very heavy - consequently we could not travel far. Left the road traveled by the 20th Corps and took the Lawtonville road. Went in camp at 7 P.M. 6 mile from Lawtonville. Has been raining hard [illegible]



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this evening and obtained 2 'Porkers" for our mess. Country level but not very productive - Timber - pine - distance marched 12 mile. Rumors of a fight near Branchville. Our Div [Division] is on a "[unclear: by] road" and consequently we find forage for mess and beast quite plenty. Col [Colonel] Adams arrested a teamster to - day [today]


Tuesday Feby 7th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up early and found it still raining very hard. It was after 8 o'clock when we got under way. 1st and 3rd Brigades had to about face as they had got on the wrong road. It continued to rail all forenoon and the roads were very bad. Had to Corduroy" nearly half the way - Crossed "Coosawatchie River" and went into camp near "Hickory Hill" - It is strange the 'Rebs" did not fortify here - Here we found the 9th Ills who had been escorting our ambulance train loaded



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with wounded to Beaufort and were on their way to join the corps. The men were wounded at "Rivers Bridge" across the " Salkehatchie" - Rec'd [Received] a small mail this evening nothing for but a bunch of valentines Rec'd [Received] New York papers of the 31st ult. - which I suppose will be the last news for us for some time. We are still 30 or 40 miles from our corps and are on a different road from other troops. distance marched 6 mile. A very hard day for soldiers - Retired late .


Wednesday Febry 8th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up early. Left camp at 7am our Brigade having the advance. This has been the hardest days march of the Campaign. We find the roads very bad and the troops had to work hard making " Corduroy" Country very poor and but few



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houses. Travelled in a north west direction all day -- do not know what road we are on - After bridging a part of the "Whippay Swamp River" we crossed it and went in camp in a pine woods about 1 1/2 mile from the "swamp." Supply train did not get across the "Whippay Swamp" and we had to send a team back after Rations. A bright clear day. distance 12 mile Lt. [Lieutenant] Howell and Benjamin had quite a difficulty about the teams to=day [today] . Howell was victorious.


Thursday Febry 9th, 65 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Orders to move at 6 o'clock but the supply & ordinance had to cross the "Whippay Swamp" and it was 3pm before our Brigade which had the advance started. We marched six mile Crossed the Salkehatchie at "Rivers Bridge and went [unclear: in] camp on the north bank of the stream. The 17 A. C.



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had quite a fight here several weeks ago. We captured 2 pieces of artillery and 200 prisoners. - The position was a very strong one and must have been badly managed. or else they could have held it. Our Div [Division] is ordered to report to [unclear: Grahamsville] - a RR Station west of Branchville Our corps is There. Two men of ourDiv [Division] were "bushwhacked today. Ordered to be ready to march tomorrow at 6 am -- a bright clear day.


Friday Febry 10th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up at 4 1/2 am and started at 6 am. We found the roads splendid and the country the finest we have seen in the South [deleted: ern] [added: Carolina] [deleted: Confederacy]. and consequently we made a big days march - distance 22 miles - and this evening we find ourselves 5 miles from Grahams Station on the A and C RR



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We are now in hearing distance of the army. Sherman has occupied the RR and has already tore up 23 mile -- It is very uncertain where we will move next.

Some think we will advance on Augusta while others are of the opinion that we will destroy as much of the RR as possible and then proceed in the direction of [unclear: [deleted: ] ] [added Columbia S.C. ] Today we passed through "Buford bridge" which we found in ashes. We are now on the "table land" and are out of the "Carolina swamps." Weather fine. Water good - timber pine & oak. Capt. [Captain] [unclear: Cameron] "reorganizes" his old friend Daniel this eve


Saturday Febry 11th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Up late - and as there was a difference in our "time pieces " we were behind time & had to eat our Breakfast in a hurry. Our



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