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[26] position on the left of the Fourth corps, at Jack's House, near Pine Mountain.

The following two days, the rain fell in heavy showers, causing the roads to become almost impassable.

The troops remained in camp, awaiting orders. Many officers and men availed themselves of the opportunity here presented to visit the different battle-grounds and cherished graves of their fallen comrades.

The news of the gallant defence of Allatoona Pass by General Corse and his command, was received and announced to the troops amid great enthusiasm.

During the afternoon of the eighth, the corps moved its camp, in compliance with orders from Major-General Stanley, commanding the Fourth and Fourteenth corps, and went into camp at Man's Hill Church, where, awaiting orders, it remained until three o'clock P. M., the tenth; when the march was resumed, and continued on the main road leading through the Allatoona Pass to the Etowah River. This point was reached by the advance of the column, after a fatiguing night's march, at one o'clock in the morning.

October eleventh, the march was resumed at seven o'clock A. M.., and the troops went into camp one mile beyond Kingston at sunset.

On the morning of the twelfth, the whole army marched for Rome. The Fourteenth corps, followed by the Fourth corps, moved by the way of Woodland, and went into camp at Hume's Mill, three miles from Rome. On the following evening, the whole army commenced its movement upon Resaca, taking the main road leading to that place, through Calhoun. Following the Fourth corps, the Fourteenth corps went into camp on the south bank of the Oostenaula, at Resaca.

At dawn on the morning of the fifteenth, the corps moved, in cooperation with the Fourth corps, in turning the enemy's position at Snake Creek Gap. On reaching Redwine's Cove, it was ascertained that no trains could possibly be taken over the mountain in this direction, and they were ordered to remain behind.

The ascent was commenced late in the evening, and the summit reached several hours after dark, when the troops bivouacked the remainder of the night on the mountain.

On the sixteenth, moved at daylight and passed down the mountain into the Gap a short distance in advance of the Fourteenth corps, and after passing into the level country beyond, by cutting a road to the side of the main one, was enabled to march the infantry abreast of the Fifteenth corps until the head of the column reached Dick's Gap, and went into camp.

During the seventeenth, the corps remained in camp, but marched early on the morning of the eighteenth through Mattok's Gap, in Taylor's Ridge, in the direction of Summerville, and went into camp four (4) miles north of Penn's Ford, on the Chattooga River.

On the nineteenth, marched for Summerville, and after much delay in consequence of coming in contact with other troops, did not get into camp at that place until late in the evening, though the day's march was but a short one.

Starting at eight o'clock, on the morning of the twentieth, and passing through Mellville, the corps went into camp at Gaylesville a little after dark, making a march of twenty (20) miles.

During the intervening days between the twentieth and twenty-eighth, the corps remained in its camp at Gaylesville. At this place, ample subsistence for the troops was found in the surrounding country, and the whole command was abundantly supplied by sending foraging parties out daily to collect it.

On the twenty-fourth, General Morgan's division rejoined the corps, from its expedition against Forrest. For a history of the movements of this division during this period, I wish respectfully to refer the General Commanding to General Morgan's report.

On the evening of the twenty-eighth, preparatory to our march to Rome, Morgan's and Carlin's divisions, with the trains, crossed the Chattooga River, on a bridge erected by Colonel Gleason, commanding brigade Third division, near the town, and on the following morning, the twenty-ninth, the whole corps marched for that place during the evening and the following morning, and went into camp on the north bank of the Oostenaula River.

October thirtieth and thirty-first, the troops remained in camp on De Soto Hill, awaiting orders, without change of position, except the movement of my trains to Kingston under escort of a part of General Morgan's division.

On the first of November, the whole of General Morgan's division marched and went into camp at Kingston, and was joined by the remainder of the corps on the of November, where it remained prosecuting its preparations for the grand campaign through Georgia, just closed in the capture of Savannah.

While at Kingston, all surplus baggage of every description was sent to the rear, and absent officers and men were ordered to rejoin their commands. I regret to report that many failed to comply with this order.

November eighth, General Morgan's division marched to Cartersville, and relieved a portion of the Fifteenth corps at that place.

Cartersville had been designated as the point to which a part of the supplies of the Fourteenth corps should be landed, and all trains with the command were ordered there, and loaded by the twelfth, on the evening of which the whole corps evacuating Kingston had concentrated.

The work of destroying the railroad from the Etowah River to Big Shanty was assigned to the Fourteenth corps, and early on the morning of the thirteenth it was commenced. The march, and complete destruction of the track, was accomplished by eleven (11) o'clock at night.

The whole corps moved early the next morning from its camp in the vicinity of Ackworth and Big Shanty, and camped at the Chattahoochee River.


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