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len, the enemy offering little or no opposition, although preparations had seemingly been made at Millen. On the third of December, the Seventeenth corps, which I accompanied, was at Millen; the Fifteenth corps, General Howard, was south of the Oting-parties hurried on to Scarborough, a little below, and seized a mail which gave us Savannah papers of that day. December 3. The Fifteenth corps remained in position, excepting that two brigades of General Corse's division crossed the river enemy, who rapidly retreated toward Waynesboro and Augusta, being closely pursued for some distance by the cavalry. December 3. Marched to Thomas Station and encamped for the night, having made such disposition of my forces as to protect Generuckhead Creek, the bridges across the swamp being partially destroyed.--Supplies: Abundant.--Distance: Eleven miles. December 3. Order of march: Cavalry, First division, Michigan Engineers, Third and Second divisions.--Weather: Cloudy; clear in
December 3. The Fifteenth corps remained in position, excepting that two brigades of General Corse's division crossed the river, and aided the Seventeenth corps in destroying the railroad from Millen to Scarborough. The Seventeenth corps came up abreast, encamping near Station No. 7.
December 3. Marched to Thomas Station and encamped for the night, having made such disposition of my forces as to protect General Baird's infantry, deployed for miles along the track, and busily engaged with its destruction. Wheeler, who had been encamped between Waynesboro and Briar Creek, moved, in the early part of the evening, to Waynesboro, and, with a portion of his command, made a vigorous attack upon one of Colonel Atkins's regiments, encamped upon the railroad three (3) miles south of the town. This attack was easily repulsed, as were several others, made during the night. As I had received orders that day from the General-in-Chief to make a strong reconnoissance in direction of Waynesboro, and to engage Wheeler whenever we met him, I directed brigade commanders to send surplus animals and all non-combatants to the wagon-train; that in the morning the command would move to engage, defeat, and rout the rebel cavalry encampment at Waynesboro. Accordingly, at daylight
December 3. Order of march: Cavalry, First division, Michigan Engineers, Third and Second divisions.--Weather: Cloudy; clear in the afternoon.--Road: Good.--Supplies: Plenty.--Distance: Fifteen miles.
leaving my train in compliance with orders from corps headquarters, marched at half-past 10 A. M. on Waynesboro road to Baker's Creek, ten miles. December second, left camp at eight A. M., marching ten miles camped near Buckhead Creek. December third, left camp at nine A. M., crossing Buckhead and Rock Creeks, camping near railroad, ten miles. December fourth, moved at half-past 6, my division in the advance with its own and Third division trains, crossing railroad at Lumpkins Station,n at Rocky Creek at ten A. M., posted behind strong barricades and disposed to dispute our crossing at the ford. The Seventy-fourth Indiana charged and dispersed them, and the division marched to the farm of Mr. Gisholm, and went into camp. December third, arrived at Thomas Station on the Savannah and Augusta road, and during the night thoroughly destroyed several miles of railroad track. December fourth, General Kilpatrick attacked the enemy's cavalry one mile from Thomas Station, and drove
December second, marched with wagons. December third, marched about eleven miles. December fded ninety wagons, and made eleven miles. December 3.--Marched at half-past 6 A. M. Passed the pesed the Augusta Branch Railroad on the third day of December, leaving Millen to our right. On the eek, in the vicinity of Buck Head Church. December 3.--My division having been assigned the rear urch. Distance marched, eight (8) miles. December 3d.--The troops of the brigade were to-day in ident. Distance marched, ten (10) miles. December 3.--Started again at two P. M., and after tediorder countermanded at nine o'clock P. M. December 3.--Crossed Buckhead Creek, to move ahead of S I here beg leave to state that on the third day of December, I was ordered to proceed north of Milsted the thirtieth, passed Bulkhead Church December third in the morning, and on the same day our brom the twenty-seventh of November to the third of December inclusive, no horses or mules, and but a[8 more...]
e out foraging. Friday, Dec. 27 30 A. M.4 15 P. M.1089Buckhead ChurchCloudyGoodPassed a magnificent plantation belonging to Doctor Jones, called Birdville. Saturday, Dec. 38 00 A. M.5 15 P. M.1552Beyond MillenCloudyGoodPassed the Millen prison on our left. Sunday, Dec. 47 00 A. M.5 00 P. M.1473Pine WoodsFineSwampySome of our mety.Killed.Wounded.Prisoners.Missing. November 21st, in action, near Macon, Ga.,   1 November 22d, in action, near Griswold,52142  December 2d, foragers,   4 December 3d, foragers near Thomas Station,   8 December 4th, in action at Waynesboro,112   Foragers missing during the campaign,   12 Total,6334225 Thomas J. Jordan, C battery. The enemy charged, but were beautifully repulsed. We lost one (1) man wounded. Our usual routine of march and picketing was uninterrupted until December third, when my regiment was placed on picket on the railroad at Thomas Station, to protect the infantry while tearing up the track. We skirmished with the
yed railroad from Davidsboro to Spears's Station, a distance of eleven miles. Camped before night. Twenty-ninth, resumed destroying the railroad, and after destroying eight miles encamped at dark near Bostwick. Thirtieth, left camp at half-past 8 A. M. Course due north. Camped near Louisville at dark. December first, left camp at daylight, and camped at eight P. M., nothing of import transpiring. December second, left camp at half-past 6 A. M. Camped at Buckhead Creek at eight P. M. December third, left camp at half-past 5 A. M. Marched eighteen miles, and encamped at four P. M. Weather cloudy. December fourth, showers during the night. Nothing of importance transpiring. December fifth, left camp at dark. Camped at twelve P. M. Forage plenty. December sixth, left camp at nine A. M. Camped at dark. December seventh, left camp near Sylvania at ten A. M. Rain all night. Passed through the worst kind of swamps on road until daylight. December eighth, resumed the march at half-
e (9) miles. Thursday, December first, 1864, left camp at fifteen minutes past seven A. M..; our brigade in advance, marching nearly south-east, crossing numerous swamps and creeks. Went into camp at fifteen minutes past five P. M. Distance marched, about sixteen (16) miles. Friday, December second, marched this morning at eight o'clock; our brigade in rear of the corps. Weather uncomfortably warm. Encamped for the night at half-past 5 P. M. Marched about ten (10) miles. Saturday, December third, did not leave camp until forty-five minutes past twelve P. M. Were in rear to-day, and consequently marched very slow. Passed near the rebel stockade in which were confined Union prisoners but a few days before. Crossed the Augusta Railroad after dark, leaving Millen on our right. Sunday, December fourth, continued the march of yesterday till forty minutes past three A. M.; then halted, resuming the march at eight A. M. During the forenoon heard artillery-firing to our right a
ent places in the lower valley, until Saturday, the twenty-second November, when they moved, with the light division, from Jordan's Spring, on the Opequon, near Winchester. Marching up the Winchester and Staunton turnpike, we turned to the left at New Market, passed the Blue Ridge at Milam's Gap, then covered with snow, and on the twenty-seventh left the beautiful valley of Virginia. Passing by Madison and Orange, we reached the Massaponax Hill, near Fredericksburg, on Wednesday, the third of December, having made a march of one hundred and seventy-five miles in twelve days. Again regretting much the many imperfections of this hasty sketch of operations which must be historical, I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, S. Mcgowan, Brigadier-General, commanding Second Brigade L. D. Statement of Killed and Wounded.  Killed.Wounded.Aggregate. Orr's Rifles,011 First South Carolina Volunteers,044 Twelfth South Carolina Volunteers,011 Thirteent