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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 21, 1864

Soldier on March Wrote of Rain in Diary

One of the soldiers on the March to the Sea wrote in his diary - seems the weather was the only thing to slow them down.

“Up at 4 o’clock and found it raining very hard. it rained nearly all last night. Had orders to move at 4[unclear: 1/2] am but did not move until 6.A.M. Brigade Hd. Qrs [Head Quarters] Were ‘behind time’ this morning and had to start without breakfast – Passed through Montcello a very pretty village. Saw some beautiful gardens – full of roses and flowers in full bloom. – ‘Red white & blue’ – it was indeed strange to see such colors in ‘Dixie land’ - ‘Pontoon train’ in our front which delayed us very much - roads very heavy - rained most of the day - This has been about the most disagreeable day we have seen lately. Passed through Hillsboro. Which was an insignificant town. but it is in ashes now - Went in camp half a mile south of Hillsboro in an open field - No wood nor rails near and a cold piercing wind blowing - We had rails hauled and made ourselves comfortable for the night - We came 11 mile…” Source: Cornelius C. Platter, Civil War Diary, 1864-1865