sent from the left wing to his aid. The need of assistance, however, was now over.
now joined the left wing, and covered its flank when it again advanced.
, still with Blair
, advancing to Millen
, with Wood
's and Corse
's divisions of the 15th corps, still moving south of the Ogeechee
on the old dirt road to Savannah
; while Hazen
's and John E. Smith
's divisions, keeping farther to the right, reached Statesboroa.3 Hazen
had a skirmish here with a regiment of cavalry, which was easily driven; but the roadless swamps were vanquished with more difficulty.
over the Ogeechee
, by a foot-bridge, Williamson
's brigade, which moved down the left bank; while Corse
crossed his division on pontoons at Jenks
's bridge, some distance below; Rice
's brigade, in advance, having a smart skirmish with a Rebel battalion which disputed the passage; losing 5 men and taking 17 prisoners. The right wing now moved down both banks of the river; Osterhaus crossing Cannouchee creek; while Blair
a Rebel force holding an intrenched line, with guns in position and riflepits in front, in a dense swamp, where his men had to wade kneedeep to form line of battle.
The enemy were not in great force, however, and were easily driven: two brigades pushing on to the Savannah and Gulf railroad and breaking it; while J. E. Smith
's division closed up on Corse
's, and Corse
pressed on toward Savannah
He was opposed by 600 infantry and 2 guns; but his advance brigade quickly ran them off, taking a gun and some prisoners.
He followed the fugitives across the Little Ogeechee to within 8 miles of the city, where he halted, and resumed breaking up the Gulf railroad; King
's bridge having been burned by the enemy.
No force remained in our front here save the garrison of Fort McAllister
And now Blair
's pontoons were laid across the Ogeechee
, near Fort Argyle, and the two wings thus substantially united before Savannah
had set forward from Louisville6
--the 20th corps in advance — and had moved down between the Savannah
and the Ogeechee
; finding the roads mainly of quicksand, coated by a thin crust of firmer sand, which was soon cut through by our trains, rendering their movement barely possible, and requiring miles of “corduroy.”
At intervals, the Rebels
had fallen trees across the roads, but not exactly where they were wanted.
The 14th corps had advanced farther to the left, with Kilpatrick
still farther east; Sherman
's object being still to threaten Augusta
and bewilder the enemy as to his purpose.
, supported by Baird
, was thrown out again to Waynesboroa; fighting7 Wheeler
and driving him 8 miles across Briar creek
; while Baird
destroyed the Augusta railroad; when the 14th was concentrated on Jacksonboroa
, and all moved rapidly down Briar creek
toward the Savannah
in the rear, which was now pressed by Wheeler
, with sharp skirmishing, but with little loss on either side.
, in Davis
's van, was halted, near Ebenezer church, a strong fieldwork in his front,8
which seemed to