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s a day in the direction of Lumpkin's Station and Jacksonboro. The Seventeenth corps took up the destructionhe church, and passing through Habersham, reached Jacksonboro on the fifth. Baird's division moved from Louisve direction of Waynesboro, rejoining the corps at Jacksonboro. The Twentieth corps left Louisville December fi encamped on the fifth near Hunter's Mills. From Jacksonboro the Fourteenth corps moved toward Savannah, on the. December 5. We marched from Alexander to Jacksonboro, covering the rear of the Fourteenth army corps. my troops and trains at half-past 10 o'clock. Jacksonboro had by this time been designated, by the General (3) miles of railroad, moved in the direction of Jacksonboro, through Habersham, and encamped on the farm of MKilpatrick's cavalry, encamped in the vicinity of Jacksonboro; the advance at Buck Creek Post-Office. Duringthe night, the bridge across Beaver Dam Creek, at Jacksonboro, which had been destroyed, was rebuilt by Colonel
December 5. We marched from Alexander to Jacksonboro, covering the rear of the Fourteenth army corps.
m of Mr. Gisholm, and went into camp. December third, arrived at Thomas Station on the Savannah and Augusta road, and during the night thoroughly destroyed several miles of railroad track. December fourth, General Kilpatrick attacked the enemy's cavalry one mile from Thomas Station, and drove them in confusion through Waynesboro and two miles beyond. Division followed up and supported General Kilpatrick during the day and then made a night march to Alexander. December fifth, reached Jacksonboro. December sixth, arrived at Beaver Dam Creek and joined the other two divisions of the corps. December seventh, late at night, reached Sisters Ferry. December eighth, remained in camp during the day and had considerable skirmishing with the advance of the enemy's cavalry; 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 Louisvill
ver, 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 Kilpatrick. 6th. Marched seventeen miles. 7th. Marched twenty-five miles, reaching Ebenezer Creek; commenced building a trestlebridge over Ebenezer Creek, working my men all night. 8th. Finished the trestle-bridge in the morning
y continued to flee. Taking the Alexandria road, encamped a distance of five miles. 5th. Marched at seven o'clock; travelling twenty-two miles, encamped at Jacksonboro. 6th. Marched through Sylvania to the Middle Ground road; covered the rear of the Twentieth army corps, moving on Springfield; encamped, having travelled tw at Springfield. Captains Crewel and Stanley promptly charged and routed the enemy, killing three (3) men, two (2) horses, and capturing five (5) horses. Near Jacksonboro, Lieutenant McManus, with a small foraging-party, charged a detachment of rebels, causing them to throw down their arms and abandon their horses, and seek safetoyed the large railroad bridge over that creek. My brigade moved that night to Alexander, and encamped. 5th. Marched twenty-two (22) miles, and encomped at Jacksonboro. 6th. Marched fourteen (14) miles, covering rear of Fourteenth army corps, and encamped at Buck Creek. 7th. Marched at eight A. M., the enemy attacking
ur obedient servant, S. B. Luce, Lieutenant Commander. To Rear-Admiral John A. Dahlgren, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron. Headquarters in the field, Lowry's, February 7, 1865. Telegram in cipher. Rear-Admiral J. A. Dahlgren, off Charleston, S. C.: We are on the South-Carolina road, at Midway, and will break fifty miles from Edisto toward Augusta, and then cross toward Columbia. Weather is bad, and country full of water. I have ordered Foster to move Hatch up to the Edisto, about Jacksonboro and Willtown; also, to make the lodgment about Bull's Bay. Watch Charleston close. 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: Sir: I am now able to convey to the department a more complete account of the wor