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n moved via Rough and Ready, turning to the left toward McDonough, about five miles from Jonesboro. Upon the evening of the fifteenth, the command went into camp; Kilpatrick near Jonesboro, the heads of the two infantry columns near Stockbridge. Kilpatrick met the enemy's cavalry skirmishers near East-Point, and drove them before him to the crossing of Flint River. Osterhaus met them not far from Rough and Ready, and again in the vicinity of Stockbridge. He found encamped at that point Lewis's brigade of rebel cavalry, reported nine hundred strong. November 16, 1864. The command marched to the vicinity of McDonough by three routes. General Osterhaus met the enemy's cavalry at the crossing of Cotton River. They retreated rapidly, setting fire to the bridge. Some mounted infantry that he had in advance drove them from the bridge in time to put out the fire, and save every thing but the planking. The bridge was immediately repaired, and detained the column just forty minu
Jackson Road. 17th. Moved out at eight A. M., and proceeded with the column three miles, when I was met by Captain Beggs, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General of the brigade, who gave me orders to move on a road diverging to the right, to attack Lewis's brigade, then supposed to be encamped on the Towaliga River. The order was obeyed, and the result was, that I charged my command two and a half miles after a force of not more than twenty men. Arriving at the bridge, I found it burned, and the rebel camp evacuated. Had Lewis's brigade been at that bridge or in their former camp, with four pieces of artillery, as stated, and offered ordinary resistance, I have no hesitancy in saying there is not a regiment in the service could have driven it from its position, and a charge, such as I was ordered to make, could have only resulted in a useless sacrifice of life. Rejoined the command in the afternoon, and encamped at crossing of Forsyth and Macon roads. 18th. Crossed the Ocmulgee
med the previous reports, and it was clear that the whole Federal army, under Major-General Burnside, was moving toward Fredericksburgh. On the morning of the nineteenth, therefore, the remainder of Longstreet's corps was put in motion for that point. The advance of General Sumner reached Falmouth on the afternoon of the seventeenth, and Attempted to cross the Rappahannock, but was driven back by Colonel Ball, with the Fifteenth Virginia cavalry, four companies of Mississippi infantry, and Lewis's light battery. On the twenty-first it became apparent that General Burnside was concentrating his whole army on the north side of the Rappahannock. On the same day, General Sumner summoned the corporate authorities of Fredericksburgh to surrender the place by five P. M., and threatened, in case of refusal, to bombard the city at nine o'clock, next morning. The weather had been tempestuous for two days, and a storm was raging at the time of the summons. It was impossible to prevent th
gun, and, followed by the other regiments of the brigade, entered the town, and dispersed and drove back the Federal cavalry. Another piece of artillery, with which the Federals had advanced, was abandoned, and subsequently fell into our hands. About this time, a considerable body of infantry was seen advancing up the same road. Our batteries opened with marked effect upon the retreating cavalry and advancing infantry. In a short time the infantry followed the cavalry, falling back to Lewis's, three miles down the river, pursued for a mile by our batteries on the opposite bank, when the enemy disappeared in the wood around a bend in the road. This attack of General Shields had hardly been repulsed, before Ewell was seriously engaged with Fremont, moving on the opposite side of the river. The enemy pushed forward, driving in the Fifteenth Alabama, Colonel Canty, from their post on picket. This regiment made a gallant resistance, which so far checked the Federal advance as to
. Shelton, as worthy of especial mention. Company C. Lieutenant Anderson reports all as having behaved well--Sergeant J. J. Cassada, Color-Corporal William Bohannon, privates R. L. Sneed, A. M. Simpson, Alexander Prewett, Benjamin H. Lewis, Eli J. Lewis, specially. Company D. Lieutenant Herndon reports all as having behaved so well that he cannot make distinctions without doing injustice. Company E. Captain Tyree severely wounded and absent. Lieutenant Knight, now commanding, reports ars, but afterward, when the enemy retreated, escaped and returned to the regiment. After the fall of Major Baker, the men were ordered to fall back about fifty yards. The line was re-formed by Adjutant Hill, and soon orders were received from Major Lewis, of the Louisiana regiment, for all to fall back to the crest of the hill next to the woods. Here I met them; but it was so dark that no man could be identified five paces off. Here I also met Brigadier-General Lawton, who had gotten separate
nt. I continued to advance to the front, accompanied by the Eighth Louisiana regiment, under Major Lewis, which had not been with its own brigade, having been sent off to replenish its ammunition tht no front, and it had, therefore, to fall back. The Eighth Louisiana regiment, commanded by Major Lewis, fell back in better order than the rest of the brigade, and formed in line immediately in re and one Napoleon, under Captains Lane and Ross, and Lieutenant Robertson. Captain Dabney (Major Lewis not having then arrived to command the heavy battery) to a position still farther back on theiana regiment, Colonel Strong, on picket two miles in advance; the Eighth Louisiana regiment, Major Lewis, one mile nearer the main line, with orders to Colonel Strong, should the enemy advance, to srticular attention to them, as they fill a vacuum in my own report. They are the reports of Captain Lewis, for the Second Georgia; that of Major Shannon, for the Fifteenth Georgia; and that of Capta