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k. Owing to the heavy rain which had fallen during the night, and was still pouring down upon us, the progress of our trains was exceedingly slow, and the night of the twenty-first was spent in mud and water, crossing Murder Creek. On the twenty-second, the weather partially cleared off, and the corps marched and went into camp in the vicinity of Cedar Creek. On the twenty-third, the weather cleared off, and the roads having dried up so as to be quite passable for trains, the whole commandand encamped near Eatonton. The afternoon was rainy and the roads heavy. On the twenty-first, marched through Eatonton, encamping near Little River. Two or three miles of the Eatonton Branch Railroad were destroyed on the march. On the twenty-second, having laid the pontoon-bridge over Little River, the corps crossed and moved forward to the suburbs of Milledgeville. Two regiments under Colonel Hawley, Third Wisconsin volunteers, (appointed commandant of the post,) were sent to occupy t
the corps, moved through Madison, and encamped four miles beyond. About six miles of railroad were destroyed by Ward's division. Supplies for man and beast became abundant on the third day after leaving Atlanta. On the twentieth, moved forward and encamped near Eatonton. The afternoon was rainy and the roads heavy. On the twenty-first, marched through Eatonton, encamping near Little River. Two or three miles of the Eatonton Branch Railroad were destroyed on the march. On the twenty-second, having laid the pontoon-bridge over Little River, the corps crossed and moved forward to the suburbs of Milledgeville. Two regiments under Colonel Hawley, Third Wisconsin volunteers, (appointed commandant of the post,) were sent to occupy the town. The First and Second divisions were encamped on the east side of the Oconee, and the Third division on the west side, near the bridge. Large quantities of arms, ammunition, and accoutrements were found and destroyed, as well as salt and ot
ce to orders), with three days rations and three days forage, and marched with it to a point near Savannah, Georgia, where I took up position in line of battle on the twelfth of December. Was engaged lightly by the enemy's batteries on the twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, nineteenth, and twentieth, during which time I expended (283) two hundred and eighty-three rounds of ammunition, without any loss except one wheel belonging to a gun-carriage. On the twenty-second, I moved into camp near the city of Savannah, Georgia, the enemy having evacuated the night before. During the march from Atlanta I drew three days full rations and one day's forage; the remainder of forage and subsistence I obtained along the line of march. During the entire campaign the officers and men of the battery performed their duty well in every respect. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Joseph R. Channel, First Lieutenant Command'g Battery C, First Illinois Arti
ed severely in the thigh. In the evening of the twenty-second, the Second brigade was brought to its present cimer's, where we encamped for the night. On the twenty-second and twenty-third we were busily engaged loading miles. At a quarter past seven A. M., on the twenty-second, my march was continued. My command moved in thilledgeville, making about fifteen miles. On the twenty-second, we marched about eleven miles to Milledgeville;nt into camp and destroyed the railroad. On the twenty-second, we crossed the Oconee River and passed through from Milledgeville, entered Milledgeville on the twenty-second, and lay over until the morning of the twenty-foerly direction, and reached Milledgeville on the twenty-second; we marched thence on the twenty-fourth, and paswhere we encamped for the first night. On the twenty-second, some four hundred and fifty (450) wagons were lundred and seventy-six. On the morning of the twenty-second, those detachments of the train which had a perm
der Lieutenant Scott, who entered the town about ten o'clock; also the section under Lieutenant Freeman was directed to cross the river to the Georgia shore, and join me at Savannah, but owing to high wind and tide he was unable to cross. During the day the heavy battery was ordered forward, and arrived about sundown, and was put into position at the foot of Bay street, bearing on the rebel ram Savannah, firing thirteen rounds with good effect, with no casualties. On the morning of the twenty-second, found the ram had been blown up during the night. The heavy battery was taken out of position and brought up at the head of Huntingdon street, and parked with Lieutenant Scott's section; about seven o'clock P. M., the section under Lieutenant Freeman arrived, and parked with the rest of battery, where we now remain. Tabular Statement showing the expenditure of ammunition and casualties during the recent campaign just closed. expenditure of ammunition. Ten-Pounder. Case Shot.Fus
arched from Marietta, Georgia, on the fourteenth day of November, 1864, with the First brigade, Third division of cavalry attached to the army of Major-General Sherman, and on the sixteenth participated in the action against Wheeler at Lovejoy's Station, on the Macon and Atlanta Railroad. Marching against Macon, it participated in the skirmishes before that place on the twentieth, and on the twenty-first, at Griffin, covering the rear on withdrawing toward Gordon. On the morning of the twenty-second, shortly after daylight, the picket of the regiment on the Griffin road was attacked by the enemy under Wheeler. Major Kimmel at once reenforced it by two companies under Major Charles W. Appel. The enemy, being in strong force, succeeded in flanking the picket, who did not fall back until nearly surrounded, and had eighteen captured, one killed, and two wounded; and upon the enemy appearing on the open ground, Major Kimmel charged them with four companies, driving them three fourths o
liver, Fifteenth Michigan; Wells S. Jones, Fifty-third Ohio; and Theodore Jones, Thirtieth Ohio. The troops moved rapidly, passing through McDonough the seventeenth, Indian Springs the eighteenth, crossing the Ocmulgee the nineteenth, at Roach's Mills, reaching Hillsboro the twentieth, and Clinton the twenty-first, where Colonel Theodore Jones's brigade was left to cover the Macon roads till the next division arrived. Some skirmishing took place here, with a few casualties. On the twenty-second, the Macon and Augusta Railroad was crossed, and the march continued, passing Irwinton the twenty-fourth, and the Oconee River, at Bull's Ferry, the twenty-fifth. The enemy was found on the opposite bank, and two regiments deployed to develop them. On the morning of the twenty-sixth, they had left, and preparations were at once made to cross, which was commenced by eleven A. M. The march was resumed without loss of time; passing Irwin's Cross-Roads the twenty-seventh, we moved towar
On the twenty-fourth of October, as a portion of one of the various foraging expeditions, the regiment a second time assisted in procuring a large amount of forage, being absent three days in the direction of Stone Mountain. From the time of returning, nothing of moment transpired in the command to the fifteenth of November, other than ordinary camp duty, with the necessary preparations for an active campaign. Third. The regiment left Atlanta on the fifteenth of November, and on the twenty-second, was among the first troops that entered the capital of Georgia. During the march to Milledgeville, all public property and matter available to the enemy was either destroyed or appropriated; among the rest, the noted and extensive Dunham tannery and shoe manufactory, near Eatonton, in which duty the regiment participated. On the twenty-third, the command was engaged and assisted in destroying the railroad from Milledgeville, in the direction of Gordon Junction, returning the same nigh
rmest thanks to his officers and men for their coolness. Acting Midshipman Foreman, who accompanied him as volunteer aid, Midshipman Mallory and Newton, captain's clerk, Bain, and Mr. Gray, pilot, are all specially mentioned by him. On the twenty-first instant, I forwarded to the department correct lists of the casualties on board all the vessels of the squadron, on the eighth; none, it appears, occurred on the ninth. While in the act of closing this report, I received the communication of the department, dated twenty-second instant, relieving me temporarily of the command of the squadron for the naval defences of James River. I feel honored in being relieved by the gallant Flag-Officer Tatnall. I much regret that I am not now in a condition to resume my command, but trust that I shall soon be restored to health, when I shall be ready for any duty that may be assigned to me. Very respectfully, Franklin Buchanan, Flag-Officer. Hon. S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy.
, and take the position in front of the enemy in the vicinity of Beverly's Ford, and the Orange and Alexandria Railroad bridge, then held by Jackson, in order to mask the movement of the latter, who was instructed to ascend the river. On the twenty-second, Jackson crossed Hazel River at Welford's Mill, and proceeded up the Rappahannock, leaving Trimble's brigade near Freeman's Ford to protect his trains. In the afternoon, Longstreet sent General Hood with his own and Whiting's brigade, under y recrossed during the night of the twenty-third, on a temporary bridge constructed for the purpose. General Stuart, who had been directed to cut the railroad in the rear of General Pope's army, crossed the Rappahannock on the morning of the twenty-second, about six miles above the springs, with parts of Lee's and Robertson's brigade. Passing through Warrenton, he reached Catlett's Station at night, but was prevented from destroying the railroad bridge at that point, by the same storm that ha
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