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Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864 - 1865
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Wednesday Mar 29" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Nothing of interest happened to day [today] - Wrote 3 letters - Columbus Home and to Hugh.

Thursday Mar 30" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Have been kept busy all day writing - Had an awful time to get the monthly Return of the 12" correct. Had to return it several times for Correction - Rec'd [Received] a communication from the War Dept [Department] in reference to Capt [Captain] Tyler - it was returned with the desired information -- A mail This morning - two letters from Lizzie - of date 7' and 17' of Mar. - Has been raining most of the day -- A prospect of being paid soon -- Maj [Major] Merriman received a 30 days leave of absence.

Friday Mar 31st 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Remained in camp during the forenoon. After dinner Capt [Captain] Cameron and I rode down town - I went

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to the 140 Ind to see Lt [Lieutenant] Irwin but he was not in camp. - Saw Dr. McDill and Capt [Captain] White - When I came back found Maj [Major] Perry at our Hdqrs [Head quarters] -- he remained untill [until] after supper - There is talk of our Brigade being consolidated - Finished a letter to Lizzie. Col [Colonel] Hill reports That he has two organized companies for the 81st - QM. Reed starts for New York.

Saturday April 1st 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Gen [General] Corse ordered this morning That the fortifications must be Completed by tomorrow daylight and we have had heavy details at work all day - it will be late before the works are completed. Rec'd [Received] orders to have "Chain guard around camp Will have guard mounting tomorrow by Capt [Captain] Cameron -- Had a serenade this evening -- Wrote a letter to Tom ordering a blouse vest & c. [et cetera] Sergt [Sergeant] [unclear: Russ] appointed Adjt [Adjutant] 81st Ohio. Vanpelt 9 M Sergt [Sergeant]

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and Campbell ComSergt. [Sergeant] 11 PM placed Lieut [Lieutenant] Westcott 66 Ills in arrest.

April 2d Sunday [View Civil War timeline for this date]

This has seemed something like Sunday - Guard mounting by Capt [Captain] Cameron. Rec'd [Received] an old mail after dinner - A letter from Lizzie and one from [illegible] - Wrote a letter to the latter. Lieut [Lieutenant] Westcott was released from arrest. Relieved Charlie Shick and detailed -- Griffith of the 7 Co 81st Ord. Pickets who were on 48 hours relieved after dark and a great many fired off their guns. - Our inspection was made and the guilty ones found.

April 3d Monday [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Officer of the day and Lieut [Lieutenant] of the guard both failed to report this morning - Issued a circular in reference to it. Maj. [Major] Henry

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and Dr Jacobs had quite a quarrel this morning - After dinner Lt [Lieutenant] [unclear: Gillill ] and I went down town - I went to the 3d Div [Division] 23 Corps to see Lt [Lieutenant] Irwin but the Regiment had moved and I couldn't find it - Saw Capt [Captain] Boyd and got a jacket from him. Called at the hospital on my way back. Prospect of our moving soon. Capt [Captain] Edwards a.a.a.g. 4" Div [Division] returned today. Lt [Lieutenant] Bremmer left for Memphis. Wrote a letter to Lizzie.

Tuesday April 4' 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Nothing of special interest to day [today] . Rec'd [Received] quite a lengthy circular from Gen [General] Corse in reference to having camp "policed" - Capt [Captain] Cameron will start for New Berne to obtain clothing - Will be gone 4 days. Went over to witness the dress parade of 12 Ills. Rec'd [Received] New York papers of late date - Also a letter from home - 81st receive 10 recruits. Col [Colonel] Hill on his way here.

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Wednesday April 5" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

- Has been a clear pleasant day. Had "guard mounting" this morning. Made [added out] my returns of CC and GE and forwarded them to Washington - Rec'd [Received] orders to prepare for a review drill tomorrow - Wrote two letters - to "Hugh" and Mr McDill and commenced one home to EM.

Lt [Lieutenant] Allaback relieved from duty with "ordnance train." Retired late.

Thursday April 6" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

This morning we marched out in an open field in front of our works and had Review drill by Gen [General] Corse. Our Div [Division] will be reviewed tomorrow by Gen [General] Logan. Great rejoicing among us tonight -- Victory! Victory! - Glorious news from Gen [General] Grant. 25,000 prisoners. Many cannon. And the Rebel Capital - Dispatches are coming in every hour. Rebel army said to be retreating towards Danville. We are very anxious to

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have the "glad tidings" Confirmed and the full particulars. We will wait anxiously for additional news. - If the defeat is as bad as reported the Confederacy in "gone up." - Went over to the 17' Al to see Dave Platter but he has gone home sick. Had a serenade tonight - New York papers of the 3" rec'd [received] -- full of news -- Everybody in a good humor tonight --

Friday April 7" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Our Brigade was reviewed by Gen [General] Logan this morning. A brass band was procured for each Brigade. The review is said to have been the best ever made by the Div [Division] Gen [General] Logan was well pleased. It was very dusty and windy which made it very disagreeable -- After Review the band assigned to our Brigade Came to Hdqrs [Head quarters] and discoursed "sweet strains" of music. In the afternoon I went down town again to see Lt [Lieutenant] Irwin

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