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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 9. (ed. Frank Moore) 5 1 Browse Search
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e river. On the morning of the thirtieth, the regiment sent forward to the river was withdrawn and rejoined the brigade, which marched up the right bank at half-past 8 A. M. At one P. M., the column crossed Mill Creek, and halted for dinner on Blake's plantation. At half-past 4 P. M., my command crossed the Ogeechee River at a point two miles below Louisville. The bridge here had been ineffectually destroyed by the enemy, and was repaired by my pioneer corps. My brigade pushed forward andhalted, at seven P. M., for the night. Distance marched, eighteen (18) miles. November 30.--Started on the march again at a quarter to seven A. M. Marched quick and through swampy ground, until two P. M., when we halted at the plantation of Dr. Blake, a great slave-holder, having at this time some three hundred (300) slaves on his plantation, mostly women. We left here at four P. M., and marched to join the corps at Miller's plantation, where we arrived at half-past 6 P. M. Distance marche
pass unnoticed the gallant dead, and most conspicuous among them, the noble young Lieutenant-Colonel Petoray, who fell at the head of his regiment. I should do injustice if I failed to mention the conspicuous conduct of Colonels Rutledge, Ransom, and Ramseur--the two latter being severely wounded. Major Frances, too, of the Twenty-fifth, deserves the highest approbation. To my staff, Lieutenant J. G. Ashe, acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Lieutenant N. E. Broadnax, Aid-de-camp, Captain Fred. Blake, volunteer Aid-de-camp, I am indebted for valuable assistance in the field. To Lieutenant J. L. Henry, First North Carolina cavalry, Ordnance Officer, I must express my thanks for his energy and zeal in collecting arms and accoutrements under fire. A list of casualties is here appended: Sixty-nine killed, three hundred and fifty-four wounded, seventy-six missing--total, four hundred and ninety-nine. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, R. Ransom