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he sixteenth, the armies moved directly toward La Fayette, with a view to cut off Hood's retreat. We found him intrenched in Ship's Gap, but the leading division (Wood's) of the Fifteenth corps rapidly carried the advanced posts held by two companies of a South-Carolina regiment, making them prisoners. The remaining eight compan Orders, No. 92, from your headquarters, the army marched toward Ship's Gap, the Fifteenth corps, Major-General Osterhaus, leading. His first division, Brigadier-General Wood commanding, encountered the enemy's skirmishers not far from the summit of Taylor's Ridge. What is called Ship's Gap is a slight depression in the ridge, over which the road winds in a circuitous manner, seeking a gradual ascent along the spurs. General Wood confronted the rebels with considerable force, and then threw a regiment around their flank, capturing between thirty and forty of them. The rest gave way and fled, whereupon the advance was pushed about a mile beyond the
cavalry and artillery, evidently supposing that the army had left Atlanta. A field-battery opened fire; some small-arms were used. The affair was simply a demonstration on the part of the enemy, and no casualties were reported in this command. In the afternoon of the same day, Colonel Ross, Twentieth Connecticut volunteers, rejoined the brigade and assumed command, relieving Lieutenant-Colonel Buckingham, Twentieth Connecticut volunteers, who had been in command since the departure of Colonel Wood, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth New-York volunteers, on leave of absence, September twenty-third, 1864. On the fifteenth November, this brigade, with the division and corps, left Atlanta on the campaign which terminated on the twenty-first December, in the capture of Savannah. We marched east through Decatur, passed Stone Mountain, crossed the Yellow River; through Rockbridge to Social Circle; from Social Circle to Rutledge, a distance of seven miles. This command destroyed the Georgia
charge baffled the enemy in what they supposed would prove to them a successful attack. Making preparations to attack with my whole force, received orders to withhold in order to allow the column of General Wolcott to show themselves, moving in the direction of Griswoldville and Macon. The Fifth Kentucky, with General Kilpatrick, made a demonstration to the rear of the enemy's line of battle. This was the day of magnificent behavior and splendid fighting of General Wolcott's brigade of General Wood's division of the Fifteenth army corps. During the day, when the enemy, with greatly superior numbers, made such repeated and determined attacks upon General Wolcott, I took the responsibility of moving from camp with two regiments, placing them one on each flank of our force then engaged, which at that time was in imminent danger of being turned. 23d. Marched to Gordon, and encamped. 24th. Marched to Milledgeville; received rations; thence across the Oconee eight miles, beginnin
increasing gale, the pilot preferred to follow the interior passage, and when near Ossabaw my steamer grounded. We started in the barge to pull, and were nearly in the waters of Ossabaw when a tug came along with the following telegram for General Sher man: from Station near headquarters, December 4, 1864--M. To General Sherman: General Howard reports one of General Leggett's brigades near Savannah, and no enemy. Prisoners say the city is abandoned and enemy gone to Hardeeville. Wood captured six guns. Slocum got eight guns, and is moving on the city. Dayton, Aid-de-Camp. It was now about three P. M. General Sherman hastened to his headquarters, and I to the division of vessels lying in front of Beaulieu. The facts of the case were soon apparent. Captain Scott, of the Sonoma, was in possession of Fort Beaulieu and Rosedew. I landed at the former, and after giving some brief directions, was on my way from it when I received a note from General Sherman, dated half-p
ility, he was ordered to perform the duties of executive officer. Lieutenant Jones has expressed to me his satisfaction in having had the services of so experienced, energetic and zealous an officer. Lieutenant Davidson fought his guns with great precision. The muzzle of one of them was soon shot away; he continued, however, to fire it, though the woodwork around the port became ignited at each discharge. His buoyant and cheerful bearing and voice were contagious and inspiring. Lieutenant Wood handled his pivot gun admirably, and the executive officer testifies to his valuable suggestions during the action. His zeal and industry in drilling the crew contributed materially to our success. Lieutenant Eggleston served his hot shot and shell with judgment and effect; and his bearing was deliberate, and exerted a happy influence on his division. Lieutenant Butt fought his gun with activity, and during the action was gay and smiling. The marine corps was well represented
e of the rules of civilized warfare. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. E. Lee, General Commanding. General Halleck to General McClellan. Headquarters of the army, Washington, August 18. Major-General George B. McGlellan, Commandng Army of the Potomac: General: I have just received from the Adjutant-General's office your letter of July thirtieth, inclosing a letter from General R. E. Lee of July twenty-first. The letters of General Dix and Major Wood will furnish you with the proper information for a reply to General Lee's complaints in regard to the treatment of prisoners at Fort Monroe. The Government of the United States has never authorized any extortion of oaths of allegiance or military paroles, and has forbidden any measures to be resorted to tending to that end. Instead of extorting oaths of allegiance and paroles, it has refused the application of several thousand prisoners to be permitted to take them and return to their hom
d by our troops on this day. They reached the battle-field only just be fore the enemy retreated, were under fire for a very short time, and only had the satisfaction of securing the fruit of the gallantry of others. Nevertheless, I trust I shall be pardoned for referring to the rapidity with which they pressed forward to the fight, and the zeal and gallantry manifested by officers and men. The Thirty-seventh regiment, Colonel Fulkerson, was in front, and captured most of the prisoners. Captain Wood and Lieutenant Duncan, of that regiment, rendered remarkable service, and Sergeant Samuel L. Gray, company D, Thirty-seventh, actually captured at one time a Federal captain and eleven of his men, all armed, and although fired upon by them, seized the captain's sword and made the men throw down their arms. I am under obligations to the officers of my staff, Captain Pendleton, A. A. G.; Lieutenant Taliaferro, A. D. C., and Major Stanard, Brigade Commissary, for their services and gallan
My regular and volunteer staff officers, Captain Whiting, Lieutenants Webster and Peyton, Messrs. Wood and Thomas Bouldin, and Mr. V. H. Rodes, and Mr. Lumsden, were of great service to me, and seate T. L. Emory, company A. My personal staff, during these engagements, consisted of Captain Charles Wood, A. A. General, Lieutenants Ro. D. Early and F. M. Haywood, Jr., the last at Malvern Hillrely testify to their gallantry and intelligence. Lieutenant Early was severely wounded, and Captain Wood had his horse instantly killed under him by a solid shot. I present below a succinct state so long occupied by it, and to guide it to the brigade. Captain Hammond met, at the river, Captains Wood and Taggert, sent forward with their companies by Colonel McGowan, to endeavor to communicatbank of the Chickahominy. As soon as the enemy had cleared our front, I sent two companies (Captains Wood and Taggart) down to the river to communicate, if possible, with General Gregg. They there
ay under an overwhelming force, the right, and particularly the Twenty-third Virginia regiment, which deserves special mention for its firmness and admirable conduct in the engagement, remained unbroken. Colonel Taliaferro particularly mentions Major Stover, commanding Tenth Virginia regiment; Lieutenant-Colonel Curtis, commanding Twenty-third Virginia, who fell mortally wounded ; Major Walton, Twenty-third Virginia; Colonel T. C. Williams, of the Thirty-seventh Virginia, who was wounded; Major Wood, Thirty-seventh Virginia; Lieutenant-Colonel Jackson, of the Forty-seventh Alabama regiment; Colonel Sheffield, of the Forty-eighth Alabama regiment, who was severely wounded; Major Aldrich, Forty-eighth Alabama regiment, severely wounded; and of his A. A. G., Lieutenant-Colonel F. Coleman. The batteries of the division, engaged in the action, were those of Captains Carpenter, Poague, and Caskie. The officers and men of these batteries behaved well. Captain Caskie was wounded. Captain
men and wounding several. The enemy endeavored to advance his pickets to cover his march, but I dismounted Captain Siler's company as skirmishers, and, after a few moments of spirited firing, the enemy fell back, and I obtained position to ascertain his force again. Captain Siler's officers and men behaved very gallantly. On the fifth and sixth, thirty-three prisoners were captured by Captains Barringer's and Houston's squadrons. I lost seven men (four of Captain Cheek's and three of Captain Wood's companies)--a post near Malvern Hill, who had orders to report any advance of the enemy to Lieutenant-Colonel Young's pickets. They remained too long, and were unable to make their way to him. One of my men came up to me late in the day, stating this fact. I also lost, on the sixth, one man prisoner from Captain Ruffin's company, and had one badly wounded from Captain Houston's company. I am, sir, with much respect, L. S. Baker, Colonel First North Carolina Cavalry. Report of
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