Buckhead Bridge, near the church of that name, was designated as my objective point, and Baird, with Kilpatrick's cavalry, was ordered to move in the direction of Waynesboro, and after crossing Buckhead Creek, to move down the east bank, and take position near Reynolds, not far from the church. This, Kilpatrick and Baird accomplished by the afternoon of the second. Morgan's division, in charge of the whole corps train, moved on the direct road to Buckhead Bridge, and encamped ten (10) miles from Louisville. On the second, Carlin's division joined the column from his flank movement in the direction of Sebastopol, and the corps went into camp at the crossing of the Birdsville and Waynesboro roads, about two (2) miles from the bridge. The change in the direction of march of the Twentieth corps, again caused a deflection in my line of march; and on the morning of the third I caused pontoon-bridges to be laid across the creek, at a point about five (5) miles higher up the stream, and commenced crossing my troops and trains at half-past 10 o'clock. Jacksonboro had by this time been designated, by the General Commanding, as the next objective point for the concentration of my corps; and I ordered Baird and Kilpatrick to move from Reynolds, in the direction of Waynesboro, with a view to leading the enemy to believe that our next advance would be upon Augusta. Carlin and Morgan, after a hard day's work upon the roads, went into camp at Lumpkins Station. Baird and Kilpatrick took position near Thomas Station, where the enemy was found in considerable force. December fourth, Carlin's and Morgan's divisions, with the corps trains, after destroying three (3) miles of railroad, moved in the direction of Jacksonboro, through Habersham, and encamped on the farm of Mrs. Smith, thirteen (13) miles from Lumpkins Station. Baird and Kilpatrick, after some fighting with Wheeler's cavalry, drove the enemy from Waynesboro, and across Briar Creek. Baird, in the mean time, destroyed three (3) miles of railroad, near Thomas Station. The fifth, after a hard day's march over country roads, which required much repairing, the whole corps, with Kilpatrick's cavalry, encamped in the vicinity of Jacksonboro; the advance at Buck Creek Post-Office. During the night, the bridge across Beaver Dam Creek, at Jacksonboro, which had been destroyed, was rebuilt by Colonel Buell; and early on the morning of the sixth, the whole column marched on the river road, and went into camp at and in advance of Hudson's Ferry, making an average march of about twenty (20) miles. December seventh, the column moved in the same order of march. Baird and Kilpatrick, unencumbered by the trains, covered the rear. Morgan's division and the pontoon train reached Ebenezer Creek late in the evening, and went immediately to work, cutting away the fallen timber which obstructed the road-way through the immense swamp which skirts the creeks on both sides at this point. The pontooniers, under Colonel Buell, set to work at once — notwithstanding an exceedingly hard day's march — to reconstructing the bridge, and by noon the next day, the column commenced crossing this formidable defile. Notwithstanding the immense amount of labor expended upon the road and bridge, to make them passable, much was still required to keep them in condition; and it was not until daylight, the ninth, that the rear of the column had completed the crossing. During the eighth, the enemy's cavalry made several attempts to drive in our rear pickets, but did not succeed. The loss on our side during these attacks was but slight, although at times the skirmishing was quite animated. On the morning of the ninth, marched from camp, at Ebenezer Church, to Cuyler's plantation, where General Morgan, who was in the advance, found the enemy occupying a strongly-erected field-work, disposed to dispute his advance. General Morgan immediately placed a couple of field-pieces in position, and opened fire upon the work. His infantry was soon deployed for an attack, but the near approach of night, and the impossibility of assaulting the position, through the impassable swamp in our front, caused me to defer the attack until morning; when it was discovered the enemy had abandoned his position. December tenth, advanced Morgan's and Carlin's divisions, with trains, to the Ten (10) Mile House, and went into camp; giving the road to the Twentieth corps, advancing from Monteith, and intersecting the Augusta road. Baird's division was ordered to cover the rear, and tear up the railroad track in the vicinity of the crossing at the Savannah, and if possible to destroy the bridge at that point. December eleventh, moved down the Augusta road to the position of the Twentieth corps, in front of the enemy's works, and received orders to relieve the Seventeenth corps in its position on the Louisville road, and in the vicinity of the Ogeechee Canal. This was done, and by the twelfth, the whole corps had taken position in front of the enemy; my left connecting with the Twentieth corps, near the Savannah and Charleston Railroad, and my right connecting with the Seventeenth corps, beyond the canal, near Lawton's plantation. During the intervening days, between the twelfth and twenty-first, at which time the enemy evacuated his position, my troops were assiduously engaged in skirmishing with the enemy, reconnoitring his position, and making general preparations for the attack. Five (5) points in my front had, several days before the evacuation, been well reconnoitred, and pronounced accessible to an attacking party. This information was duly forwarded to the General Commanding. For further information concerning the position of my troops, and the
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