flank of the infantry, so as to screen, so far as possible, the direction of our advance and the points to which it was directed.
Each wing had its separate and efficient pontoon train.
marched and camped first with one wing, then with the other.
Moving rapidly to Atlanta
advanced thence by McDonough
, and Clinton
, to Gordon
advanced by Covington
, and Eatonton
, concentrating on Milledgeville
which was entered without opposition; Sherman
thus far accompanying the 14th corps, which was the last to leave Atlanta
and had not had a chance to fire a shot.
In fact, the principal resistance encountered by our infantry was that of the bad roads of Georgia
at that rainy season.
had seen (for a moment) a few Rebel cavalry at the crossing of Cotton river; but, though they set fire to the bridge, they were driven off so promptly that only the planks were damaged.
Thus far, our infantry had mainly been busied with destroying railroads and foraging on the plenty of central Georgia
; each subordinate commander being instructed to live on the country so far as possible; saving to the utmost the twenty days bread, forty days beef, coffee, sugar, &c., and three days forage, contained in our wagons.
Helping the trains across the Ocmulgee
and its tributaries, and up the long, steep hills beyond, had been the principal labor of the march; which was intended to average 15 miles per day.
held the laboring oar. Moving south5
, he had been confronted at East Point
by Rebel cavalry; with whom he skirmished, driving them to Flint river
, which he crossed at Jonesboroa
at 7 A. M. next day; following the enemy to Lovejoy
's, where they had taken post in the old Rebel works, having two guns.
's brigade, Kilpatrick
attacked and carried the works, capturing 50 prisoners; Atkins
's brigade soon after charging the fleeing foe, and taking their guns.
pushed thence by McDonough