enemy's works, and approaches to them, I have the honor to refer the General Commanding to the accompanying map, drawn by my Chief Engineer; it is, I think, perfectly accurate. December twenty-first, it was discovered that the enemy had evacuated his position in our front; and the report of my Chief of Artillery shows twenty-eight (28) pieces of artillery, of different calibres, captured. My Provost-Marshal's report shows six hundred and thirty-nine (639) able-bodied negroes turned over to the Quartermaster's department, at Kingsbrigde, in compliance with special orders from Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi. This number does not include a large number retained in the different commands, as officers servants, pioneers, etc. I would respectfully submit the following statistics, which have been collected from the reports of the different departments, and are as near correct as can be compiled from such data. Forty-eight (48) miles of railroad track, and four (4) large and important bridges, upon the Chattanooga and Atlanta, Atlanta and Augusta, Savannah and Augusta, and Georgia Central Railroads, were thoroughly destroyed. A large amount of cotton, estimated by division commanders at about twelve thousand (12,000) bales, was also destroyed. One thousand seven hundred and seventy (1770) draught and saddle animals; and according to the report of the Corps Commissary, about one thousand five hundred (1500) cattle, and several hundred sheep were captured. About one thousand three hundred and forty (1340) negroes, mostly able-bodied males, followed the column. One hundren and fifteen (115) confederate prisoners, and thirty-four (34) deserters from the enemy were taken. The Corps Quartermaster estimates that about one million seven hundred and thirty pounds of fodder, and about one million four hundred and seventy-four thousand eight hundred and thirty-four pounds of grain were obtained from the country. What amounts of provisions for the men were obtained by the foraging parties, constantly out from the different brigades of the command, it is impossible to state with accuracy. Probably the nearest approximation which can be given, will be to state, that the corps left Atlanta on the sixteenth day of November, with but seven and one half (7 1/2) days' supplies of the substantial ration. It arrived before Savannah, December eleventh, with about five (5) days in the wagons; only three and one half (3 1/2) days having been issued and lost during the march. Of the smaller articles, such as coffee, sugar, and salt, a much larger quantity was issued. For the rest, the corps subsisted entirely upon the country through which it passed. Sweet potatoes, which were found by the hundreds of bushels, were the principal and most unfailing article of diet for officers and men; but flour, meal, sorghum, poultry, etc., were found in great abundance. The list of casualties, during the time above reported, is as follows: Thirteen (13) killed; thirty (30) wounded; and ninety-four (94) missing. See tabular list appended. Considering the active operations of the corps since the beginning of the campaign against Atlanta from Chattanooga. the first of May last, I am proud to report its excellent condition and efficiency. To the division commanders, I desire to ex press the many obligations I am under, for their cooperation throughout the campaigns above described, and to express the hope, that the War Department will soon make suitable acknowledgments of their faithful services. Their reports are herewith submitted, and attention asked to them, for many details omitted necessarily in this. Since the entrance of our troops into Savannah, the corps has occupied its present camp, south-west of the city, making preparations for a resumption of active operations whenever called upon. I am, Colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Jeff. C. Davis, Brevet Major-General Commanding. Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Rogers, Chief of Staff, Left Wing.
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Jeff. C. Davis, Brevet Major-General Commanding.