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break the railroad which leads from Millen to Augusta, then to turn upon Millen and rescue our prisd from Gordon to Eatonton, and from Millen to Augusta, and the Savannah and Gulf Railroad. We haveontinued its march along the La Fayette and Summerville road to the vicinity of Summerville, crossiSummerville, crossing the Chattooga River near Tryon's Factory. The bridge across the stream had been partially destrdvance, under General Woods, encamping near Summerville, and the rest along the lower Savannah roadods and Corse's divisions pushed on through Summerville northward, till they reached the upper Savaourteenth corps moved toward Savannah, on the Augusta and Savannah road, the Twentieth corps taking, who rapidly retreated toward Waynesboro and Augusta, being closely pursued for some distance by tadvancing from Monteith, and intersecting the Augusta road. Baird's division was ordered to covet point. December eleventh, moved down the Augusta road to the position of the Twentieth corps, [10 more...]
November 30, 1864. Generals Woods and Corse's divisions pushed on through Summerville northward, till they reached the upper Savannah road, and encamped near Deep Creek. General Blair moved forward to Station No. 9 1/2, effecting a crossing of the Ogeechee; at that point he rebuilt the wagon bridge, partially destroyed, and also laid a pontoon-bridge across the river.
November 24. My command marched to Milledgeville and crossed the Oconee. Having met the General-in-Chief the day previous at Milledgeville, and received instructions from him to move rapidly in direction of Millen, and, if possible, rescue our prisoners reported to be at or near that point, I moved rapidly in direction of Augusta, crossed the Ogeechee at the Shoals, and struck the railroad.
December 2. The command moved on the Waynesboro road, in advance of a division of infantry under General Baird, the object being to cover the movements of our troops, marching in several columns on Millen. A small force of the enemy was encountered and dispersed by the Eighth Indiana (Colonel Jones) and the Fifth Kentucky, (Colonel Baldwin,) nine miles from Waynesboro, not, however, without a severe skirmish. On reaching Rocky Creek, the enemy was found in considerable force on the opposite side. General Baird's infantry came up, and a force of both cavalry and infantry crossed the creek and simultaneously charged the enemy, who rapidly retreated toward Waynesboro and Augusta, being closely pursued for some distance by the cavalry.
toona, Kingston, Rome, Resaca, Snake Creek, Georgia; Ship's Gap, Summerville, and Chattoogaville to Galesville, Alabama, where we remained frforms, wood, etc. Marching on eastward, we struck the Savannah and Augusta road near the Savannah River and turned southward. On the elevelabama, passing through Resaca, Snake Creek Gap, Ship's Gap, and Summerville. At Galesville the troops remained in camp for several days, anidge into the Chattooga Valley, marching down the valley through Summerville, and went into camp at Galesville, Alabama, where we remained un the command. November sixteenth, left Atlanta, marching on the Augusta road, and camped at Lithonia Station, on the Augusta and Atlanta Rmp. December third, arrived at Thomas Station on the Savannah and Augusta road, and during the night thoroughly destroyed several miles of rlroad and two large bridges — that over Rocky Comfort Creek on the Augusta road, and that over Oconee River at Milledgeville, as well as the
mile of the railroad track on the Atlanta and Augusta road, and then marched to the Yellow River abcommand could at that time have penetrated to Augusta, without serious opposition. Leaving Park'the flank through McAlpin's plantation to the Augusta road and on into the city. Just outside of tine of another division of this corps, on the Augusta road, but finally convinced them that he belos were occupied in marching to a point on the Augusta road, five miles from Savannah, Georgia. Diver. Marched at seven A. M.; moved down the Augusta road to within about twelve hundred yards of w the city and in the enemy's works, from the Augusta road to the river, and that they captured the Marched rapidly forward until we reached the Augusta road, where I ordered one company in advance detached Third brigade to destroy railroad, (Augusta and Atlanta.) Colonel Ross tore up track to R miles of the railroad leading from Millen to Augusta. Reached Turkey Creek about four P. M., Dece[15 more...]
oing 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, November eighteenth, near Madison. From this date until arriving in front of Savannah, December tenth, nothing worthy of note in a report transpired. December thirteenth, nineteen rounds of ammunition were expended, mostly thrown into the city. Twenty rounds were fired on the 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
d from one to two miles in all directions, the Fifth Kentucky was ordered up, and pushed on the Augusta road, which the majority of the command of Wheeler had taken, following him closely, until he htself, the enemy seemed to be convinced that the destination of the army of General Sherman was Augusta, whence they continued to flee. Taking the Alexandria road, encamped a distance of five miles.urning the bridge over the river, also a large factory and mills. We then moved on the road to Augusta, meeting no enemy. That night my command, with the Eighth Indiana, was left at the forks of thark, when we crossed the Oconee River, and marched to camp, seven and a half miles east, on the Augusta road. 25th. Marched to the Ogeechee Shoals; crossed the river, and encamped. 26th. Marche Fifth Ohio volunteer cavalry, Colonel T. T. Heath, followed the enemy to Brier Creek, on the Augusta road, and completely destroyed the large railroad bridge over that creek. My brigade moved tha
remained till the evening of the tenth, when it march toward Rome via Allatoona. At that point, Colonel Fowler's brigade (the Third) was put on cars and sent forward. The division arrived at Rome the twelfth, and next day marched toward Resaca, reaching that place, and passing through it and Snake Gap on the fifteenth. We passed Villanow on the sixteenth, and stopped for the night in Ship's Gap, on Taylor's Ridge. On the seventeenth, we moved to La Fayette, and on the eighteenth, to Summerville; on the nineteenth, to Alpine, and on the twentieth, to Gaylesville, and on the twenty-first, moved out seven miles on Little River, and went into camp, where we remained till the twenty-fourth, when the division, with the First of this corps, went in the direction of Gadsden on a reconnoissance. On the twenty-fifth, this division having been left in reserve at Blount's Farm, was ordered forward to form on the right of the First division, which was five miles in our front, deployed, and
. Bivouacked at half-past 6 P. M., two miles east of the river, one mile from Louisville, and near the plantation of Herschel V. Johnson. December 1.--Marched at half-past 6 A. M., brigade in advance. Passed the Fourteenth corps at four P. M., and bivouacked at five P. M. at Stone Cross-Roads. 2d. Marched at seven A. M., regiment and brigade guarding division-train. Crossed Buckhead Creek, and bivouacked at Buckhead Church, four miles from Millen, the junction of the railroads from Augusta and from Macon for Savannah. 3d. Marched at half-past 12 P. M. Passed near the stockade where thousands of our men (prisoners) had been confined. Crossed the Augusta Railroad, and continued our march until four A. M. of the fourth. 4th. Marched at eight A. M. Crossed Horse Creek at twelve M., and halted until dark, for a bridge to be built across a swamp. Resumed march, crossed the swamp, and bivouacked at seven P. M. 5th. Marched at nine A. M., regiment rear-guard. Crossed Li
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