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is forces to defend not only those points, but Millen, Savannah, and Charleston. All my calculationstward, to break the railroad which leads from Millen to Augusta, then to turn upon Millen and rescuained that our prisoners had been removed from Millen, and therefore the purpose of rescuing them, u Ogeechee near Station 10, and continued it to Millen, the enemy offering little or no opposition, athough preparations had seemingly been made at Millen. On the third of December, the Seventeenth e Augusta Railroad, about four miles north of Millen, near Buckhead Church; and the Fourteenth corp latter road from Gordon to Eatonton, and from Millen to Augusta, and the Savannah and Gulf Railroadh Birdsville, struck the railroad leading from Millen to Augusta, five miles from Millen, and encamptions from him to move rapidly in direction of Millen, and, if possible, rescue our prisoners reportfirst, in the general advance of the army upon Millen, my general instructions required my column to[6 more...]
December 2. The column preserved the same order of march. General Blair reached Millen, having completely destroyed the railroad up to that point, including the large depot and considerable lumber, railroad ties, etc. The middle column encamped near Clifton's Ferry, having thrown a bridge over the Ogeechee at that point, and sent a brigade of General Corse's division to assist the Seventeenth corps in breaking up the railroad. In addition to the above, Scull's Creek, a wide stream, too deep to be forded, was carefully bridged in two places. Our scouting-parties hurried on to Scarborough, a little below, and seized a mail which gave us Savannah papers of that day.
December 3. The Fifteenth corps remained in position, excepting that two brigades of General Corse's division crossed the river, and aided the Seventeenth corps in destroying the railroad from Millen to Scarborough. The Seventeenth corps came up abreast, encamping near Station No. 7.
November 24. My command marched to Milledgeville and crossed the Oconee. Having met the General-in-Chief the day previous at Milledgeville, and received instructions from him to move rapidly in direction of Millen, and, if possible, rescue our prisoners reported to be at or near that point, I moved rapidly in direction of Augusta, crossed the Ogeechee at the Shoals, and struck the railroad.
December 2. The command moved on the Waynesboro road, in advance of a division of infantry under General Baird, the object being to cover the movements of our troops, marching in several columns on Millen. A small force of the enemy was encountered and dispersed by the Eighth Indiana (Colonel Jones) and the Fifth Kentucky, (Colonel Baldwin,) nine miles from Waynesboro, not, however, without a severe skirmish. On reaching Rocky Creek, the enemy was found in considerable force on the opposite side. General Baird's infantry came up, and a force of both cavalry and infantry crossed the creek and simultaneously charged the enemy, who rapidly retreated toward Waynesboro and Augusta, being closely pursued for some distance by the cavalry.
esboro Railroad, and marched to three miles to Millen. December 4.--Crossed Little Ogeechee Creekst of December, we marched in the direction of Millen, about fifteen miles, reaching camp about one my division leading, following the road toward Millen. My advance was preceded by the Ninth Illinoir prisoners at Andersonville, at Americus, and Millen, were by no means exaggerated. I crossed the railroad about three miles north of Millen. The track at the crossing had been destroyed, and the ched at seven A. M., taking the direct road to Millen, and camped for the night at Bark Camp Creek. quarters left wing. Course, south-east toward Millen. 2d. Marched at six A. M. Course same as ye Augusta Railroad about three miles north of Millen. Just at dark moved on slowly and encamped at and a half miles of the railroad leading from Millen to Augusta. Reached Turkey Creek about four Peaving camp at an early hour, and passing near Millen, and the prison-pen where our prisoners were c[19 more...]
rgan's divisions of the Fourteenth corps. 28th. Continued our march to Louisville; reached there the same evening. Found Colonel Moore's bridge thrown over the large Ogeechee, and Major Downey's thrown over the small Ogeechee River, near Louisville. Finished corduroying the swamps on either side of the Ogeechee River. We remained in camp near Louisville until the afternoon of December first. December 1.--Marched at ten o'clock P. M., going a distance of twelve miles, on the road to Millen. 2d. Continued our march the whole day. 3d. In the morning threw two bridges; one over Buckhead Creek, and also one over Rosebury Creek. Took the same bridge up in the evening, and marched six miles on the road to Jacksonboro. 4th. Marched all day, and camped near Lumpkin Station, on the Waynesboro Railroad. 5th. Marched twelve miles, and camped on Beaver Dam Creek, and by ten o'clock at night, we built one trestle-bridge over Beaver Dam Creek for Generals Baird and Kilpatri
ion belonging to Doctor Jones, called Birdville. Saturday, Dec. 38 00 A. M.5 15 P. M.1552Beyond MillenCloudyGoodPassed the Millen prison on our left. Sunday, Dec. 47 00 A. M.5 00 P. M.1473Pine Woodswe struck the railroad, and at nightfall camped upon it one and a half miles in the direction of Millen. The enemy having followed the rear of the Second brigade all day, we had every reason to expecttacks upon our rear-guard, and about two P. M., the division was drawn up on the Louisville and Millen road, to give battle to Wheeler. The Ninth Pennsylvania cavalry defended the centre of the posiIndiana, and driven from the field. The next day, December second, we moved in the direction of Millen, my command being in advance of the brigade, on the left of the infantry. Finding the enemy posgade, marching on the road to Waynesboro; passed through the town, and camped three miles on the Millen road; barricaded my front, and the men slept on their arms; my entire front was covered by a lin
marched very slow. Passed near the rebel stockade in which were confined Union prisoners but a few days before. Crossed the Augusta Railroad after dark, leaving Millen on our right. Sunday, December fourth, continued the march of yesterday till forty minutes past three A. M.; then halted, resuming the march at eight A. M. Dur Watkins's Bridge, reaching camp of division at twelve P. M. December 1.--Moved at eight A. M., and camped beyond Birdsville. 2d. Moved at six A. M. toward Millen. Camped at Buckhead Creek. 3d. Moved at ten A. M., crossed Augusta and Millen Railroad; camped six miles beyond, on the Sylvania road. 4th. Moved at halfs-Roads. 2d. Marched at seven A. M., regiment and brigade guarding division-train. Crossed Buckhead Creek, and bivouacked at Buckhead Church, four miles from Millen, the junction of the railroads from Augusta and from Macon for Savannah. 3d. Marched at half-past 12 P. M. Passed near the stockade where thousands of our men