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is a railroad centre; and as all the railroads leading to it are destroyed, as well as all its foundries, machine-shops, warehouses, depots, etc., etc., it is of no more value than any other point in North-Georgia; whereas, the line of the Etowah, by reason of its rivers and natural features, possesses an importance which will always continue. From it all parts of Georgia and Alabama can be reached by armies marching with trains down the Coosa or the Chattahoochee valleys. On the twelfth of November, my army stood detached and cut off from all communication with the rear. It was composed of four corps: the Fifteenth and Seventeenth, constituting the right wing, under Major-General O. O. Howard; the Fourteenth and Twentieth corps, constituting the left wing, under Major-General H. W. Slocum, of an aggregate strength of sixty thousand infantry, one cavalry division, in aggregate strength five thousand five hundred, under Brigadier-General Judson Kilpatrick, and the artillery reduc
e troops received pay and clothing. Here also the Twenty-first Michigan volunteers joined the division. On the twelfth of November, we left Kingston for Cartersville where we arrived that night. On the thirteenth, I resumed the march southward,At this place, by order of General Carlin, I assumed command of the brigade on the eighth of November. On the twelfth day of November, my brigade marched from Kingston to Cartersville. The following morning I crossed the Etowah, marched through eer infantry was temporarily assigned to the brigade. November second, marched to Kingston, where we remained until November twelfth, when orders were received to march in direction of Atlanta. Near Big Shanty the brigade was engaged several hours ision moved from camp near Rome, Georgia, and arrived, at three P. M. same day, at Kingston, where it remained until November twelfth, when the march toward Atlanta was begun, encamping first night three miles from Etowah River. November thirteenth,
command. I was at the time ill prepared to comply with the order, as I had been informed by Major-General Wilson, Chief of Cavalry, that my regiment had been ordered to report to him at Nashville, and to make my arrangements accordingly; part of my men were consequently lying at Chattanooga, partly dismounted and imperfectly clothed. After clothing them, I shipped the dismounted men, by General Kilpatrick's order, to Marietta, brought up the mounted men to Tunnel Hill, and on the twelfth November started from there with three hundred and fifty (350) mounted men for Marietta, leaving sixty (60) dismounted men, under Lieutenant Cochran, for whom no transportation could be procured. Upon reaching Calhoun, I found the railroad destroyed, and communication with the front cut off. We pushed forward, however, and when five miles south of that place, were fired into by a party of the enemy, seriously wounding one man. Upon arriving at the Etowah River,I found the bridge had been dest