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ve the honor to submit the following report of the operations and movements of the Twentieth corps, from date of the occupation of Atlanta (September second) to the entrance into this city on twenty-first December ultimo. The several divisions of the corps were encamped in Atlanta mainly within the circuit of the enemy's original line of defences; one brigade of the Third division was on duty at Montgomery Ferry, on the Chattahoochee River. The command of the post was committed to Colonel Wm. Cogswell, Second Massachusetts infantry, who discharged the perplexing duties well and faithfully. His report, forwarded herewith, will furnish interesting details of the multifarious labors and services of himself and his subordinate officers. The supplies for man and beast were sufficient until the railroad was cut about the first of October by Hood's army moving northward. The several army corps, following in pursuit, left behind large detachments of convalescents and unarmed men, and
in. The Second Massachusetts volunteers (Colonel Cogswell commanding) remained behind to destroy thnts of Carman's brigade, under command of Colonel Cogswell, Second Massachusetts volunteers, which dnth, the Second Massachusetts volunteers, Colonel Cogswell commanding, was ordered to report with hihed as provost-guard of the city, and Colonel William Cogswell commanding, made Post Commander. S, and burned, confederate steamer Ida. Colonel Cogswell's Report. headquarters Second Massacery respectfully, your obedient servant, William Cogswell, Colonel Commanding Second Massachusetts, and four companies ordered to report to Colonel Cogswell, Second Massachusetts volunteers, and twoging party from brigade, under command of Captain Cogswell, procured three wagon loads of sweet pota of Major-General Slocum, and reported to Colonel Cogswell, Second Massachusetts volunteers, commandts of provost-guard, under command of Colonel William Cogswell, took up their march as rear-guard to[1 more...]
light battery in front of the enemy's works on Augusta road. During the night Lieutenant Freeman was ordered by Colonel Carman, commanding brigade, First division, Twentieth corps, to cross the river to the South-Carolina shore and report to Colonel Cogswell, commanding Second Massachusetts infantry. Went into position, built works, which were completed late in the morning of the twentieth. During the day the section was ordered by Colonel Cogswell to fire at different objects, using thirty-twColonel Cogswell to fire at different objects, using thirty-two rounds ammunition, with no casualties. One section of the thirty-pounder battery, under Lieutenant Adle, was placed in position in Fort No. One, to reply to one of the rebel gunboats, which had been reported advancing up the river from Savannah. During the night of the twentieth, the remaining four guns of heavy battery were placed in position in Forts Nos. Two and Three. Early in the morning of the twenty-first, it was discovered that the enemy had evacuated the night before, when one sect
Doc. 5. operations at Atlanta, Georgia. Colonel Cogswell's Report. headquarters Second Massachusetts infantry, Savannah, Ga., December 26, 1864. Lieutenant-Colonel H. W. Perkins, Assistant-Adjutant-General, Twentieth Army Corps: Colonel: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my command while stationed at the post of Atlanta, Georgia. Upon the occupation of that city by the Twentienth corps, September second, 1864, I was directed by Major-General Slocetts infantry, reported to my own brigade, Colonel E. A. Carman, commanding. In closing this report, I desire to express my thanks to the officers and men of the different regiments of the command, as well as of the different departments of the post, for their earnest and efficient cooperation in the performance of the new, various, and arduous duties of the post of Atlanta. I am, Colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant, William Cogswell, Colonel Second Massachusetts Infantry.
port. headquarters Thirty-Third Massachusetts volunteers, Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 24, 1864. Lieutenant Pliny E. Watson, Aid-de-Camp: sir: In accordance with circular received at these headquarters I have the honor to submit the following report: This regiment entered Atlanta Monday, September fifth, and was immediately assigned to duty as guard at the military prison upon Peachtree street. Monday, September twelfth, it was relieved from this duty and ordered to report to Colonel W. Cogswell, Second Massachusetts volunteers, Post Commandant, for duty as provost-guard. The regiment was continued upon this duty during the occupation of the city by our forces. During this period no foraging-parties were sent out, but a small detail accompanied two general foraging expeditions, and brought in each time a wagonload of corn-fodder. November sixteenth, the regiment broke camp and started upon the march with the other regiments of the provost-guard, in the rear of the Fourte