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agons still contained a reasonable amount of breadstuffs and other necessaries, and the fine rice crops of the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers furnished to our men and animals a large amount of rice and rice-straw. We also held the country to the south and west of the Ogeechee as foraging ground. Still, communication with the fleet was of vital importance, and I directed General Kilpatrick to cross the Ogeechee by a pontoon-bridge, to reconnoitre Fort McAllister, and to proceed to St. Catherine's Sound, in the direction of Sunbury or Kilkenny Bluff, and open communication with the fleet. General Howard had previously, by my direction, sent one of his best scouts down the Ogeechee in a canoe for a like purpose. But more than this was necessary. We wanted the vessels and their contents, and the Ogeechee River, a navigable stream close to the rear of our camps, was the proper avenue of supply. The enemy had burned the road-bridge across the Ogeechee, just below the mouth of the
ck, to accompany him on an expedition to open communication with the fleet. Crossing the Ogechee and Cannouchee rivers on pontoons, we camped on the twelfth near Fort McAllister, and on the thirteenth, at ten o'clock, struck the coast on St. Catherine's Sound. Captain Estes, Assistant Adjutant-General, a staff-officer of Major-General Howard, in a small canoe; myself, Captain Day, Provost-Marshal, and Lieutenant Messenger, A-D. C. Third division, Cavalry corps, were ordered in a second gum-treped. 10th. Moved to within (4) miles of the Ogeechee River, and encamped. 11th. Moved across the Ogeechee River, marching toward Fort McAllister. Captured one prisoner, and encamped at Whitehall for the night. 12th. Marched to St. Catherine's Sound. 13th, 14th. In camp. 15th. Marched to within two (2) miles of King's Bridge. 16th, 17th. In camp, building fortifications. During the thirty-one (31) days' campaign, we have destroyed one hundred (100) cotton-gins and ten