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read out into several miry branches. The roads between the creeks and ponds, though apparently of sand, and substantial character, proved to be upon a thin crust, which was soon cut through by our long trains into the deep quicksand, requiring miles of corduroy. At several of the swamps, the enemy had attempted to obstruct our march by falling timber. The supplies continued good and the weather excellent. On the ninth, our direction of march was changed to the east, taking the road from Eden to Monteith Post-Office, on the Charleston Railroad. At the large Monteith Swamp, we found that the enemy, besides obstructing the road for nearly a mile by falling trees, had built two small earthworks, and with a single gun and about four hundred infantry was making a show of stopping our march. Jackson's division being in advance, he was ordered to throw out several regiments on each flank, while a brigade in the centre should make a feint, to engage attention and enable the pioneers to
read out into several miry branches. The roads between the creeks and ponds, though apparently of sand, and substantial character, proved to be upon a thin crust, which was soon cut through by our long trains into the deep quicksand, requiring miles of corduroy. At several of the swamps, the enemy had attempted to obstruct our march by falling timber. The supplies continued good and the weather excellent. On the ninth, our direction of march was changed to the east, taking the road from Eden to Monteith Post-Office, on the Charleston Railroad. At the large Monteith Swamp, we found that the enemy, besides obstructing the road for nearly a mile by falling trees, had built two small earthworks, and with a single gun and about four hundred infantry was making a show of stopping our march. Jackson's division being in advance, he was ordered to throw out several regiments on each flank, while a brigade in the centre should make a feint, to engage attention and enable the pioneers to
teen miles in same direction. December 7.--Marched to Springfield. December 8.--Camped near Eden. December 9.--Moved out to the Monteith road, reaching the Monteith Swamp about noon, where thSpringfield; crossed Turkey Branch Creek. December 8.--Marched twelve miles south-west to near Eden; passed through Springfield. December 9.--Marched three miles south to the Monteith road; the; marched twelve miles and camped for the night. 6th. Marched at nine A. M.; took dinner near Eden, went into camp for the night at Wall-hower Swamp. 10th. Received orders to report to ColonelDistance marched, fifteen miles. 8th. Moved at half-past 6 A. M., encamped for the night near Eden at half-past 3 P. M. Distance marched, fourteen miles. 9th. Marched at seven o'clock A. M., eeld. 8th. Moved at seven A. M., and crossed Ebenezer Creek, and bivouacked for the night near Eden. 9th. Moved at eight A. M., First division leading. At two P. M., the rebels opened with art