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copies of all papers illustrating the campaign, all of which are respectfully submitted by Your obedient servant, W. T. Sherman, Major-General. Major-General Howard's reports. headquarters Department and army of the Tennessee, Savannah,t without change: headquarters Department and army of the Tennessee, Gordon, Georgia, November 23, 1864. Major-General W. T. Sherman: General: In accordance with Special Field Order No. 124, from your headquarters, dated November fourteenthows: headquarters Department and army of the Tennessee, Irwin's Cross-Roads, Georgia, November 27, 1864. Major-General W. T. Sherman: General: In accordance with instructions from your headquarters, contained in Special Field Or der, dated large accumulations were found except at Milledgeville, reported one thousand eight hundred bales bonded by order of General Sherman; near Sandersville, where — about one hundred bales were destroyed; at Lee Gordon's plantation, two hundred and eigh
I estimate the quantity of cotton burned by the corps at five thousand (5000) bales, or two and a half million pounds. The estimate is probably low, as our line of march was through some of the best cotton-growing portions of Georgia, and we swept, with our foragers and flankers, a belt of six to eight miles in width of all the cotton and most of the gins and presses. No large accumulations were found except at Milledgeville, reported one thousand eight hundred bales bonded by order of General Sherman; near Sandersville, where — about one hundred bales were destroyed; at Lee Gordon's plantation, two hundred and eighty bales destroyed by General Geary; and at Tennille Station, on Central Railroad, where between three and four hundred bales were burned. Other lots, ranging from ten to thirty bales were frequently found. fugitive slaves. Negroes of all ages, of every variety of physical condition, from the infant in its mother's arms to the decrepid old man, joined the column, f
; marched at midnight and crossed Ebenezer Creek at three A. M., December ninth. December tenth, encamped within twelve miles of Savannah, making short marches. Division encamped, December thirteenth, on the Louisville road six miles from the city, where it remained until the twenty-second, at which time, the city having been evacuated on the night of the twentieth, it was moved to a position, still occupied, half a mile from the town. December twenty-seventh, corps reviewed by Major-General Sherman. The division entered upon the campaign organized as it had hitherto been, into three brigades of infantry, commanded respectively by Colonel George P. Este, Fourteenth Ohio volunteers; Colonel Morton C. Hunter, Eighty-second Indiana volunteers; and Colonel N. Gleason, Eighty-seventh Indiana volunteers. The Fifth Wisconsin battery, four guns, Captain Joseph McKnight, was likewise attached to it. Our effective force of fighting men during the whole march was, upon an average, a
ing post of Milledgeville, by order of Major-General Sherman. My command also destroyed thirty-six ordered to report there by an order from General Sherman, to assume the duties of Chief of Cavalryy at Milledgeville, and disposed of by Major-General Sherman. Steamer Resolute, of confederate Sd eight hundred bales, was disposed of by General Sherman. The manner of disposition was not made ded up till we received (by an order from General Sherman) marching orders. It was on the morninonvinced the inhabitants that the most of General Sherman's army was close by, with designs upon Aurently being possessed with the idea that General Sherman's army was moving on Augusta, and using tsion, Fifteenth army corps, thus allowing General Sherman to communicate with the fleet and army of be on another move, and it is hoped that General Sherman and his army may be as successful as theyexpedition, and that of the regiment upon Captain Sherman, of company A. On the twenty-sixth, th[2 more...]
rtermaster, United States volunteers, by order of the Chief Quartermaster military division of the Mississippi. As a great quantity of this cotton was in bulk, no regular invoices were given or receipts taken by the Provost-Marshal, but wherever it was found, it was guarded, and Captain Hade took it as it was. The tobacco was turned over to Captain Blair, Acting Commissary of Subsistence, United States volunteers, and receipted for. A great deal of tobacco, by the permission of General Sherman, was allowed to be retained by the parties having it, while some considerable tobacco, confiscated from persons vending it on the street without authority, was issued to the troops composing the post command. Some four thousand arrests for graver or minor offences were made, and a sutler's stock of goods, smuggled into the city, of the retail value of about eight thousand dollars, was confiscated and sold at public sale, at prices fixed by a board of survey, and the proceeds of the s
e thousand lances, burned; one thousand five hundred cutlasses, burned; fifteen boxes United States standard weights and measures, burned; sixteen hogsheads salt, thrown into the river; one hundred and seventy boxes fixed ammunition, and two hundred kegs powder. Turned over all that was valuable to Major Reynolds, and threw the balance into the river. About one thousand five hundred pounds tobacco were distributed among the troops. A large quantity of cotton-say one thousand eight hundred bales--was disposed of by General Sherman; manner not made known to me. One large three-story building in the square, near the State House, was burned, together with a large number of miscellaneous articles, as parts of harness and saddles, a repairshop, with all the necessary tools for repairing all kinds of war materials, etc. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, William Hawley, Colonel Commanding Third Regiment Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry. [See Tables on pages 148 and 149.]
falo CreekWarm, fine weatherGood countrySkirmish with the enemy in evening; passed Hebron. General Sherman joined us. Saturday, Nov. 267 00 A. M.10 A. M. by odom.8 SandersvilleWarm, fine weatherGooom the victory itself, the enemy seemed to be convinced that the destination of the army of General Sherman was Augusta, whence they continued to flee. Taking the Alexandria road, encamped a distancovember, 1864, with the First brigade, Third division of cavalry attached to the army of Major-General Sherman, and on the sixteenth participated in the action against Wheeler at Lovejoy's Station, onteer cavalry in the events which transpired during the recent advance of the army under Major-General Sherman, through Georgia, ending in the fall of Savannah. On the ninth day of November, whileent to within three (3) miles of Springfield, and encamped for the night. 9th. Moved to General Sherman's headquarters, within four (4) miles of Savannah, and encamped. 10th. Moved to within
aten Bridgeport from the direction of Gadsden. Verbal instructions from General Sherman, received while passing through Atlanta, indicated in addition, that the dcomfort to the command. On the twenty-ninth, a telegram was received from General Sherman, intimating that Hood was crossing the Chattahoochee, in the direction of hree miles south of Allatoona, and on the following day, (October third,) General Sherman ordered me to suspend a movement I contemplated, stating that Hood was grat noon, on the fourth instant, they were sufficiently discovered to induce General Sherman to signal from Kenesaw (telegraph communication having been destroyed) thabrigade to Cartersville, to be placed at his disposal; but another signal from Sherman, directing me to move at once with my whole command, changed the programme, anrs left unhurt, and the men around me, to renewed exertion, assuring them that Sherman would soon be there with reenforcements. The gallant fellows struggled to k
crossing at Sister's Ferry. I still adhere to my plan, submitted to General Grant, and only await provisions and forage. . . . . I am, with respect, etc., W. T. Sherman, Major-General. flag-steamer Harvest Moon, Port Royal Harbor, Jan. 22, 1865. Despatch No. 83. Hon. Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy: Sir: The Departmof Savannah, and during that time I will keep Howard seemingly moving direct on Charleston, though with no purpose of going beyond the Salkehatchie. Yours, W. T. Sherman, Major-General. flag-ship Harvest Moon, Port Royal Harbor, S. C., February 13, 1865. Despatch No. 69. Hon. G. Welles, Secretary of the Navy: Sir: I takese. I think Jeff Davis will order it to be abandoned, lest he lose its garrison as well as guns. We are all well, and the enemy retreats before us. Yours, W. T. Sherman, Major-General. flag-steamer Harvest Moon, Port Royal Harbor, S. C., January 31, 1865. Despatch No. 49. Honorable Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: