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risoners of war, supposed to be confined at that place. I accompanied the Twentieth corps from Milledgeville to Sandersville, approaching which place on the twenty-fifth, we found the bridges across Buffalo Creek burned, which delayed us three hours. The next day we entered Sandersville, skirmishing with Wheeler's cavalry, whiccticable; I therefore directed that General Blair's corps move to Ball's Ferry. The two heads of column arrived at Ball's Ferry about the same time on the twenty-fifth instant. A detachment of the First Alabama had the day before reconnoitred the ferry, finding a small force of the enemy, made a raft, crossed the river, and drailroad track for five miles toward Gordon was destroyed. On the twenty-fourth, the march was resumed, and the divisions encamped near Gum Creek; and on the twenty-fifth, after some delay, to rebuild the bridges over Buffalo Creek and Swamp, the head of the column encamped about seven miles from Sandersville. Some skirmishing
ities of arms, ammunition, and accoutrements were found and destroyed, as well as salt and other public property. The report of Colonel Hawley, commander of post, forwarded herewith, will give the details of this property. The railroad depot, two arsenals, a powder magazine, and other public buildings and shops were burned. The railroad track for five miles toward Gordon was destroyed. On the twenty-fourth, the march was resumed, and the divisions encamped near Gum Creek; and on the twenty-fifth, after some delay, to rebuild the bridges over Buffalo Creek and Swamp, the head of the column encamped about seven miles from Sandersville. Some skirmishing was had, and the enemy's cavalry was driven away by Colonel Robinson's brigade just as we were going into camp. On the following morning, (twenty-sixth,) two regiments of Carman's brigade, Jackson's division, drove away the rebel cavalry, and the corps moved rapidly into Sandersville, entering simultaneously with the Fourteenth c
yond Ackworth, and went into camp at Big Shanty. November fourteenth, division crossed the Chattahoochee River. November fifteenth, marched through and camped near the city of Atlanta. November sixteenth, passed through Decatur and marched as far as Shaphinger Creek. From the seventeenth the march was continued through Lithonia, Conyers, crossing Yellow River, through Covington, over the Ulcofahauchee, through Shady Dale, and reaching the city of Milledgeville. On the morning of the twenty-fifth, crossed the Oconee and destroyed the bridge. On the twenty-sixth, arrived at Sandersville. November twenty-seventh, division started for Louisville, taking the road to Fenn's Bridge, the First and Second divisions, with all the trains of the corps, following the direct road. Head of column reached Rock Comfort Creek at half-past 8 A. M., but, the bridge having been destroyed by the enemy, was unable to cross till late in the afternoon; encamped near Louisville, where the division rema
detail of two hundred men for that purpose. On the twenty-fourth, this detail was reduced to one hundred men. On the twenty-fifth, I received an order to join with my brigade a foraging expedition to be sent out on the following day under the commat half-past 4 P. M. encamped on the ridge beyond. The distance marched on this day was about fifteen miles. On the twenty-fifth, at six A. M., my brigade continued its march, again being the van-guard of the division and corps. Bluff Creek was plle; and on the twenty-third remained there. On the twenty-fourth, marched toward Hebron, about fifteen miles. On the twenty-fifth, the regiment was the leading regiment of the corps. We marched about four miles until we reached Buffalo Creek wherehed Milledgeville on the twenty-second; we marched thence on the twenty-fourth, and passed through Sandersville on the twenty-fifth, Louisville on the twenty-ninth, rested the thirtieth, passed Bulkhead Church December third in the morning, and on th
ne of battle, and remained all day. Went on picket four miles from Macon, and remained during the night. 22d. Marched about ten (10) miles. 23d. Marched about three (3) miles, and encamped. First battalion on picket. 24th. Marched to Milledgeville; went into camp and drew five days rations, and moved out five miles, and encamped for the night. 25th. Marched to Buffalo Creek. The bridge being burnt, forded the stream, and went into camp for the night. On the night of the twenty-fifth, companies A and M were detailed to accompany a scout to Waynesboro. They tore up the railroad, burned the depot, burned the bridge, and joined the command near Waynesboro without losing a man; capturing one (1) colonel, one (1) major, one (1) captain, and ten (10) enlisted men. 26th. Marched through Gibson and went to within eight (8) miles of Louisville, and encamped for the night. 27th. Marched thirty-five (35) miles, and encamped for the night near Waynesboro. 28th. Recei
nth. 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 twenty-fifth, this division having been left in reserve at Blount's Farm, was ordered forward to form on the right of the First division, which was five miles in our front, deployed, and sharply engaging the enemy with artillery, from points considerably in front of the infantry-line. Taking a right-hand road, Colonel Wells S. Jones's brigade was deployed while marching, and moving forward without any halt, or use of any artillery, Wheeler's entire force was driven from a strong line of rail-works, a
commanding Third brigade, Second division, Twentieth corps, died of dysentery. On the twelfth, we moved, and were encamped, with the other regiments of the brigade, on a line, this regiment being third in line. While in this camp, brigade dress-parades were held whenever practicable; also, brigade, battalion, company, and squad drills, officers' schools, etc. ; meanwhile furnishing details for picket and fatigue, ranging in number from forty (40) to seventy-five (75) men daily. On the twenty-fifth, were reviewed by Major-General Slocum, General Sherman being present. On the twenty-ninth of September, also on the first of October, we took part in division-drills, conducted by Brigadier-General Geary. October tenth, started on a foraging expedition, which proved highly successful; returning on the thirteenth, having marched about forty (40) miles. On the nineteenth, in company with the brigade, we embarked on a train for East-Point; after reaching which place, we marched about two
ntained. Battle of Mechanicsville. According to the general order of battle, a copy of which is annexed, General Jackson was to march from Ashland on the twenty-fifth, in the direction of Slash Church, encamping for the night west of the Central Railroad, and to advance at three A. M. on the twenty-sixth, and turn Beaver Dam consequence of unavoidable delays, the whole of General Jackson's command did not arrive at Ashland in time to enable him to reach the point designated on the twenty-fifth. His march on the twenty-sixth was consequently longer than had been anticipated, and his progress being also retarded by the enemy, A. P. Hill did not begin valry brigade, were now directed to join this army, and were approaching. In pursuance of the plan of operations determined upon, Jackson was directed, on the twenty-fifth, to cross above Waterloo, and move around the enemy's right, so as to strike the Alexandria and Orange Railroad in his rear. Longstreet, in the mean time, was
The brigade left camp on the evening of the twenty-fifth, with between twenty-three and twenty-four ts composing my brigade at the time, on the twenty-fifth, and twenty-sixth, and twenty-seventh of la have acted badly. On the night of the twenty-fifth ultimo and first instant, it acted with wonder During the whole of the afternoon of the twenty-fifth, all of them were subjected to quite a livethe horse artillery, I marched, late on the twenty-fifth, without baggage, equipped in light marchin and skirmishes near Richmond, from the twenty-fifth ultimo to the sixth instant: The force undee Jeff Davis legion of cavalry. On the twenty-fifth ultimo, I had a line of pickets from Woodring'g the night. About eight A. M., on the twenty-fifth instant, Captain Aylett, upon visiting the picksubmit the following report: On Wednesday, twenty-fifth ultimo, the Seventh South Carolina regime Williamsburg road on the night of Wednesday, twenty-fifth ultimo, with the other batteries of the d[5 more...]
e Rappahannock, crossed Hazel River, and bivouacked at Jeffersonton. On the twenty-fifth, we relieved a portion of General Jackson's command at Waterloo Bridge. Theuctions of the commanding General, I left Jeffersonton on the morning of the twenty-fifth, to throw my command between Washington City and the army of General Pope, airs at Bristoe Station and Manassas Junction. Early on the morning of the twenty-fifth, the division moved, under orders from General Jackson, to Hinson's Mill, abof Jeffersonton; each day being subjected to some little shelling. On the twenty-fifth, we marched this division in rear, from Jeffersonton across the Rappahannockot being fordable in their front, and suffered but few casualties. On the twenty-fifth, I took position in front of Waterloo Bridge, sending forward a regiment of e march, and crossed the Rappahannock at Major's Mill, on Hazel Fork, on the twenty-fifth; passed through Thoroughfare Gap on the morning of the twenty-seventh, and r
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