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ion of Eatonton, by the way of Shady Dale, in the vicinity of which place the whole command encamped for the night. On the twentieth, the corps marched for and went into camp near Eatonton Factories. The advance of the Twentieth corps from Madisonville, on the main Milledgeville road, required a deflection to the right in the movement of my column, in order that the two corps should move on separate roads; and in compliance with orders from the General-in-Chief, whose headquarters moved withg dried up so as to be quite passable for trains, the whole command marched, and went into camp in the vicinity of Milledgeville by the afternoon. The Twentieth corps had already reached the city, the evening previous, from the direction of Madisonville. On the twenty-fourth, Carlin's and Morgan's divisions, with their trains, crossed the river, and went into camp a few miles beyond the bridge, preparatory to the advance upon Sandersville. This place was reached on the twenty-sixth after
suspend operations at Galveston, and vigorous preparations were made for the new campaign. Having been charged by the President with duties not immediately connected with military operations, but which were deemed important, and required my personal attention at New Orleans, the organization of the troops of my command assigned to the expedition was intrusted to Major-General W. B. Franklin. The main body of his command, consisting of the Nineteenth corps, (except Grover's division at Madisonville, which was to join him,) and one division of the Thirteenth corps under General Ransom, were at this time on Berwick's Bay, between Berwick City and Franklin, on the Bayou Teche, directly on the line of march for Alexandria and Shreveport. Small garrisons were left at Brownsville and Matagorda Bay, in Texas, (positions which, under instructions from the President, and subsequently from Lieutenant-General Grant, were not to be abandoned,) at New Orleans, and at Port Hudson, which was thre