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ences of Savannah by assault as soon as the heavy ordnance arrived from Hilton Head. On the fifteenth, the Admiral carried me back to Fort McAllister, whence I returned to our lines in the rear ofal Field Orders No. 91. Pursuant to this, the army of Tennessee marched on the morning of the fifteenth, and came upon the enemy's rearguard, probably a small brigade in intrenchments, covering the ning to the left toward McDonough, about five miles from Jonesboro. Upon the evening of the fifteenth, the command went into camp; Kilpatrick near Jonesboro, the heads of the two infantry columns ent into camp on the south bank of the Oostenaula, at Resaca. At dawn on the morning of the fifteenth, the corps moved, in cooperation with the Fourth corps, in turning the enemy's position at Snay of Ackworth and Big Shanty, and camped at the Chattahoochee River. On the morning of the fifteenth, the corps reached Atlanta, and bivouacked in the suburbs of the city. The remainder of the d
t Kingston for Cartersville where we arrived that night. On the thirteenth, I resumed the march southward, and at Ackworth commenced destroying the railroad, which was continued to Big Shanty, five miles, where we camped for the night. On the fifteenth, I reached Atlanta, leaving the Thirteenth Michigan at Chattahoochee Bridge, with orders to destroy it after the passage of all our troops and trains. This order was carried out by Lieutenant-Colonel Palmer, commanding the regiment. On the e west of Kingston. October twelfth, marched to Rome at half-past 9 P. M. October thirteenth, started for Resaca, passing through Calhoun at three P. M. next day, and reaching Resaca the same evening. Crossed the Oostanaula at daylight of the fifteenth, and encamped on the summit of Mill Creek Mountain. October sixteenth, marched through Snake Creek Gap to a point within two miles of Ship Gap. From this place, October eighteenth, passed through Dick's and Ship's Gaps, moved along the side
d on the thirteenth, Colonel Robinson was directed to take the remainder of his brigade to the same position. On the fifteenth, the Second Massachusetts volunteers, Colonel Cogswell commanding, was ordered to report with his regiment to Colonel H, no further event of importance transpired until the fourteenth, when the final marching orders were received. On the fifteenth, at seven A. M., my brigade filed out of its encampments and made its final exit from the city of Atlanta. Behind us a rations, owing to judgment exercised by Lieutenant Samuel D. Conner in their issues, lasted until the night of the fifteenth instant. He is deserving of especial credit for the systematic manner in which he secured supplies, and for their equitabltion of Decatur, on the Decatur pike. On the march, my command passed through the towns of Decatur and Lithonia on the fifteenth, and November sixteenth, crossing a branch of the Ocmulgee River near the latter place; Social Circle and Rutledge Stat
lly skirmishing with Colonel Hood's battalion of rebel cavalry, but without any loss. On the morning of the thirteenth, Captain E. A. Hancock, with detachments from the brigade, (one hundred and twenty men,) marched on an expedition to Altamaha Bridge, but found the enemy (two regiments of infantry and artillery) too strongly posted to attack them. He destroyed, however, several small bridges and a large trestle-work, and captured sixteen of the enemy, returning to camp at mid-day on the fifteenth. Since the movement commenced, my command has destroyed forty-nine cotton-gins and presses, containing seven hundred and thirty-one bales of cotton, and a large amount of cotton unginned. My men, for the most part, have subsisted on the country, and though it was absolutely necessary for them to be often from under the eyes of their officers, in their foraging expeditions, yet I have not heard of a single act committed by them derogatory to their character as soldiers. My officers hav
the march to a point three and a half miles south-west of Marietta, where it arrived on the fifth, remaining till the eighth, when it moved three miles north of Marietta, where it remained till the evening of the tenth, when it march toward Rome via Allatoona. At that point, Colonel Fowler's brigade (the Third) was put on cars and sent forward. The division arrived at Rome the twelfth, and next day marched toward Resaca, reaching that place, and passing through it and Snake Gap on the fifteenth. We passed Villanow on the sixteenth, and stopped for the night in Ship's Gap, on Taylor's Ridge. On the seventeenth, we moved to La Fayette, and on the eighteenth, to Summerville; on the nineteenth, to Alpine, and on the twentieth, to Gaylesville, and on the twenty-first, moved out seven miles on Little River, and went into camp, where we remained till the twenty-fourth, when the division, with the First of this corps, went in the direction of Gadsden on a reconnoissance. On the twen
ks of it. Were ordered out at one o'clock in the night, to charge the enemy's works, but the order was countermanded, and the troops returned to our own works. Regiment remained in the works until the fifteenth, without any casualties. On the fifteenth, Ezra Hall, of company H, was wounded by a piece of shell. This was the first and only man wounded during the campaign. Regiment remained in our works, picketing our own front, and under an almost incessant fire of shell from the rebel batternd thirteen, which was increased to five hundred and thirty-two on the fifth by an addition caused by a consolidation with the Twenty-seventh Indiana. On the fourteenth, we left the Chattahoochee River, reaching Atlanta the same day. On the fifteenth, the time of moving from Atlanta, there were nine animals in my possession, for which, in the fifteen days previous, there had been drawn only three days rations, as the twelve days rations were foraged from the neighboring regions. Thirteen a
found a cipher despatch for me from General Sherman, and I inclose copies of both, so that the Department may be able to inform the President of the last news here in regard to General Sherman. . . . . I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. A. Dahlgren, Rear-Admiral, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron. U. S. S. Pontiac, Sister's Ferry, Savannah River, Ga., January 31, 1865. Admiral: In obedience to your order of the thirteenth instant, I reported, on the fifteenth instant, to General Sherman, at Savannah, and was by him referred to General Slocum for special instructions. Agreeably to such instructions, we left Savannah on the afternoon of the eighteenth, in company with the army transport, Robert E. Lee, and arrived at Purrysburgh, about twenty miles up the river, on the afternoon of the nineteenth, where we found a portion of the Twentieth corps, General Williams's. Remained at Purrysburgh until the twenty-second, when we proceeded up the river, an
y to which she was assigned off Charleston, and had sailed for another destination. I left New-York two days afterward without any intimation of this change. At two P. M., the Pocahontas arrived, and at half-past 2 the flag of Sumter was shot away, and not again raised. A flag of truce was sent in by Captain Gillis, and arrangements made to place Major Anderson and his command on board the Baltic to return North. The Fort was evacuated Sunday, the fourteenth of April. Monday, the fifteenth, the steamer Isabel took the garrison outside to the steamer Baltic, which left that evening direct for New-York, where she arrived the forenoon of the eighteenth instant. My plan for supplying Fort Sumter required three hundred sailors, a full supply of armed launches, and three tugs. The Powhatan carried the sailors and launches, and when this vessel was about to leave, in obedience to the orders of the Secretary of the Navy, two officers, Lieutenant D. D. Porter, United States Nav
and covering nearly all our possible camping-ground. In accordance, therefore, with the previous order of reconnoissance approved by General Hunter, with the line proposed as indispensable, and approved by him on the eleventh, as also with his written order, to provide a secure intrenched encampment, General Benham decided that it was necessary to seize this fort by a night assault at the earliest possible moment, and arranged it for the morning of the sixteenth. On the evening of the fifteenth, General Benham called the principal officers together, Generals Wright and Stevens, and Colonel Williams, Captain Drayton, senior naval officer, also present, explained his plan for the attack, and the reasons which made it important that it should be done without delay. This plan was, that General Stevens, with nearly all his force, which was over four thousand men, should be in position at our outer pickets within one and a quarter miles of the Fort, at between two and three o'clock
f Harper's Ferry and the approach of General Jackson was received soon after the commands of Longstreet and D. H. Hill reached Sharpsburgh, on the morning of the fifteenth, and reanimated the courage of the troops. General Jackson arrived early on the sixteenth, and General Walker came up in the afternoon. The presence of the eenteenth, it was ascertained that Sumner's corps had marched from Catlett's Station, in the direction of Falmouth, and information was also received that, on the fifteenth, some Federal gunboats and transports had entered Acquia Creek. This looked as if Fredericksburgh was again to be occupied, and McLaws's and Ransom's divisions,s of the river played upon our lines at intervals, our own firing but little. The sharp-shooters on each side skirmished occasionally along the front. On the fifteenth, the enemy still retained his position, apparently ready for battle; but the day passed as the preceding. The attack on the thirteenth had been so easily repu
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