Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864 - 1865
Pages 181 - 184
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Rec'd [Received] and copied quite a number of orders to day in reference to [illegible] guards & c. [et cetera] Were serenaded by Div[Division] Brass band this evening --
Sunday April 23" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]
A very quiet day. - Went down to the city and called on Lt [Lieutenant] Irwin. Rec'd [Received] a small mail this morning. One letter from Tom - No news -
Monday April 24" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]
A very beautiful day. 17th army Corps reviewed by Genl [General] Grant -- who arrived sometime during last night -- Had "guard mounting" this morning. It is said the "surrender of the Southern Confederacy"- has not been accepted by President Johnson and so our bright visions of peace are vanished - -Rumor says offensive operations will commence in a few days. Our movements are very uncertain. Feel quite unwell this evening.
Tuesday April 25" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]
-"A day of rumors" - Genl [General] Grant visited our camp this morning and was rec'd [received] with hearty cheers. It is said that Johnston has surrendered but nothing reliable - Went over to the 23d Corps - saw Lieut [Lieutenant] Irwin - Rec'd [Received] a letter from Brother "Tom" also one from "Hugh" - answered both - A large number of Recruits came for the Brigade - Had a serenade this evening.
Wednesday April 26th 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]
--Nothing yet definite about the surrender of Johnston but is generally believed he has given up the "Ghost." Rec'd [Received] a vest & blouse from home. After dinner Col [Colonel] Van Sellers Caps [Captains] Cameron Dr Newell & myself rode down to the city - saw the house where President Johnson was born - also where his Father was buried --Saw nearly the whole city -- saw splendid residence which I [illegible] saw
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before. Well our Brigade is done "busted up" - The 3d Div [Division] is consolidated and in the consolidation several brigades are made defunct. do not yet know where the 81st will go But I shall join the Regt [Regiment]. -- Col [Colonel] Adams and all the Regimental Commanders have gone to Corps Hdqrs [Head quarters] to see about the matter but cant accomplish anything -
Thursday April 27" 1865 [View Civil War timeline for this date]
Up early; received the order consolidating our Brigade - 81st Ohio remains in 2d Brigade 12" Ills to 1st Brigade and 66th to 3d Brigade. Went down to see Col [Colonel] Woodhull aaj 15' Corps - he wants to detail me in his office but guess I shall not accept -- Issued an order relieving all the Officers and enlisted men now on duty at these Hdqrs [Head quarters] - so Good Bye old 2d Brigade - Went over to Gen [General] Clarks Hdqrs [Head quarters] and turned over the Records
of the Brigade - I shall quit keeping a journal - We will leave here in a few days - Johnston has surrendered on the same terms Lee did - We shall leave [deleted: in a few days] for Richmond . and "washington City" - by The overland Route.
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