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y held the river opposite the city with iron-clad gunboats, and could destroy any pontoons laid down by us between Hutchinson's Island and the South-Carolina shore, which would isolate any force sent over from that flank. I therefore ordered Generak to Cherokee Hill, to cover the roads in our rear. Two regiments from Geary's division occupied the upper end of Hutchinson's Island. Carman's brigade, First division, was sent to Argyle Island, and subsequently across to the Carolina shore, withf the post, and his division placed within the city. The retreating rebels had disconnected the pontoon-bridge to Hutchinson's Island, and set fire to that connecting with the Carolina shore. The ram Savannah still lay off Seriven's Ferry, two miln its left with portion of Fourteenth corps. December 14. Two regiments of Second division pushed over on to Hutchinson's Island. December 15. Second regiment Massachusetts volunteers reenforced Third regiment Wisconsin volunteers on Arg
e twentieth, several changes were made in the positions of the troops. Robinson's brigade of the First division was sent back to Cherokee Hill, to cover the roads in our rear. Two regiments from Geary's division occupied the upper end of Hutchinson's Island. Carman's brigade, First division, was sent to Argyle Island, and subsequently across to the Carolina shore, with a section of battery I, First New-York artillery. He took up a strong position on the nineteenth, in advance of Izzard's Hoents were ordered to occupy Fort Jackson and other works below the city. General Geary was temporarily assigned to command of the post, and his division placed within the city. The retreating rebels had disconnected the pontoon-bridge to Hutchinson's Island, and set fire to that connecting with the Carolina shore. The ram Savannah still lay off Seriven's Ferry, two miles or so away, and occasionally fired a shot toward the town. She was evidently covering the removal of supplies up the caus
Operations before Savannah. December 12. Third regiment Wisconsin volunteers crossed to Argyle Island. Steamer Resolute captured. December 13. The remainder of the Third brigade, First division, moved to Cherokee Hill to protect the rear, and formed connection on its left with portion of Fourteenth corps. December 14. Two regiments of Second division pushed over on to Hutchinson's Island. December 15. Second regiment Massachusetts volunteers reenforced Third regiment Wisconsin volunteers on Argyle Island. December 16. Second brigade, Third division, relieved remainder of Second brigade, First division, the latter crossing over to Argyle Island. December 19. The regiments of the Second brigade, First division, crossed over to the South-Carolina shore and intrenched themselves between Clydesdale Creek and the house of Mr. Izzard. December 21. Savannah having been evacuated by the enemy, the Second division took possession of the city early in
om Savannah, taking position near river, and opposite Hutchinson Island. I am, sir, with much respect, your obedient servamy left, in the Savannah River, was the upper end of Hutchinson's Island, which extends from there down opposite the lower pa the enemy all day, causing a few casualties. I had Hutchinson's Island reconnoitred again, but found only a few of the enemr lines. Last night the enemy landed some troops on Hutchinson's Island, and captured a few of our men who had gone there fopproaches up and down the river, also ranging across Hutchinson's Island, toward the South-Carolina shore. The supplies of fup on the high-tide in Back River, the other side of Hutchinson's Island, fired several shots into Jones's camp, and withdrewr command of Lieutenant-Colonel Jackson, encamped on Hutchinson's Island, and so intrenched as to hold the upper part of it a, I was ordered to send a small force to the north of Hutchinson Island, in the Savannah River, to observe the movements of t
aptain Sloan, near the left of our line, on the Savannah River, opposite the upper end of Hutchinson's Island. And battery I, First New-York artillery, Captain Winegar, opposite Argyle Island, abouty and two men of battery C, First Ohio artillery, were captured on the twelfth instant on Hutchinson's Island, where they had gone to seek forage. One enlisted man of battery E, Pennsylvania artilthe twentieth, at a boat which had moved up from the city, and was annoying our troops on Hutchinson's Island. Battery moved into Savannah, December twenty-first. One hundred and twenty rounds were by order of Major Reynolds, the battery was moved on the river-bank, opposite the head of Hutchinson's Island. From the commencing of the campaign to this date, the battery was commanded by Captain W. B. Gary, who was captured on Hutchinson's Island the twelfth, with two enlisted men. The battery then fell to my command. On the fourteenth instant, by command of Major Reynolds, I sent Lieuten
f miles from the city, and camped five and one half miles from it that night. 11th. Placed in position as reserves, on banks of Savannah River, opposite Hutchinson's Island, and confronting the enemy's right flank, being in rear of Third brigade. 12th-20th. We remained in the same position. 21st. Entered the city of Savpnel and shell from the opposing batteries of the enemy in our front, and to a heavy and provoking fire from a confederate gunboat in the far channel, round Hutchinson's Island. I am happy to state but one casualty occurred, namely, the slight wounding of private Terence Sweeney, of company D. Those soldiers, reported as deserterguns. 12th. Regiment lay still. 13th. Had one commissioned officer killed and one man wounded. At night regiment crossed the river, and fortified on Hutchinson Island. 14th. Advanced and took possession of rice-mill and settlement, and fortified our position. Held our position under a severe artillery-fire from the en