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d down in the direction of Blue Mountain. The army of the Cumberland was held in reserve at Gaylesville and all the troops were instructed to draw heavily for supplies from the surrounding country. In the mean time communications were opened to Rome, and a heavy force set to work in repairing the damages done to our railroads. Atlanta was abundantly supplied with provisions, but forage was scarce; and General Slocum was instructed to send strong foraging parties out in the direction of South River, and collect all the corn and fodder possible, and to put his own trains in good condition for further service. Hood's movements and strategy had demonstrated that he had an army capable of endangering at all times my communications, but unable to meet me in open fight. To follow him would simply amount to being decoyed away from Georgia, with little prospect of overtaking and over-whelming him. To remain on the defensive, would have been bad policy for an army of so great value as th
r 9.--Moved about two miles further to the left, and encamped near the Sandtown road. October 11.--Marched off on Decatur road, in a south-easterly direction; afterward struck off to right, on road to Flat Rock, halting at eight P. M., near South River, a distance of fifteen miles. October 12.--Crossed South-River at Clark's Mill, Flat Rock, De Kalb County, marching southeasterly five miles to border of Henry County, where the regiment assisted quartermasters in gathering corn, loading th4, the regiment accompanied a foraging expedition which went from the city, under command of Brigadier-General John W. Geary; left at six A. M., marched about thirteen (13) miles in a south-easterly direction, and bivouacked for the night near South River, at about eight P. M. The next day crossed South-River in charge of a portion of the train, marched about four (4) miles south of the river, filled the wagons with corn and corn-fodder, and returned to the ground occupied the night previous; a
ptember second, 1864, until the present time. From the occupation of the city until November fifteenth, the battery was parked with other batteries of the corps, in the north-eastern part of the city, with the exception of two weeks immediately succeeding its capture, when we were stationed in the works on East-Point railroad. Battery took part in foraging expedition, under Colonel Robinson, Eighty-second Ohio volunteer infantry, October sixteenth, going as far as Flat Rock Shoals, on South River. In the expedition were probably six hundred wagons, which were all filled with corn and fodder. One section of battery accompanied another expedition, under General Geary, October twenty-sixth, proceeding in direction of Lithonia, on Georgia Railroad. From these and other expeditions from Atlanta, we received in all about seven thousand (7000) pounds corn for the animals of the battery. We moved from Atlanta November fifteenth, taking the Augusta road. One man died of disease, Novem