and bivouacked at Second Creek, making nineteen miles. October eleventh, marched at daylight, bivouacking at Spring Creek, fording Elk River; seventeen miles. October twelfth, moved at seven A. M., bivouacking at Athens; One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Illinois joined its command, not being able to cross Elk River, it not being fordable. During the day and night the railroad bridge was finished and track repaired to Athens. October thirteenth, transportation having arrived, the First brigade left at ten A. M., Second and Third brigades and battery at three P. M., arriving at Chattanooga at ten P. M. on the fourteenth, and reported to General Schofield by direct order of General Thomas. To show more fully the object of the movement of my division, I transmit herewith orders and telegrams from Major-Generals Thomas and Rousseau, marked A to Zzz, also my report by telegraph numbered from 1 to Zzz. October fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth, remained at Chattanooga. October eighteenth, in compliance with orders from General Schofield, moved at seven A. M., bivouacked at Lee and Gordon's Mills, marching (12) twelve miles. October nineteenth, moved at eight A. M., marching thirteen miles, bivouacking at La Fayette. October twentieth, moved at six A. M., marched thirteen miles, bivouacking near Enthittaga Springs or Chattooga River. October twenty-first, moved at six A. M., and marching sixteen miles, bivouacking at Dougherty plantation on Broomtown Valley road. October twenty-second, moved at six A. M., marching eight miles, bivouacked at Gaylesville, and, in accordance with orders from General Schofield, reported to corps headquarters and joined the First and Third divisions, thus closing a short but active campaign. My thanks are due and cheerfully awarded to my command, for energy and good conduct and good nature. Starting without tents or a single wagon, almost without a change of clothing, raining almost constantly for the first week, fording rivers and deep creeks, many of the men barefooted, was certainly trying, but all these disadvantages were met with a cheerfulness and promptness that were admirable. October twenty-fourth, twenty-fifth, twenty-sixth, and twenty-seventh, remained at Gaylesville. October twenty-eighth, at two P. M., crossed the Chattooga River and moved out on the Rome road, marching eight miles, and bivouacked at State Pine. October twenty-ninth, marched to Rome, sixteen miles, remaining there the thirtieth and thirty-first. November first, marched to Kingston, sixteen miles, remaining there the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh. November eighth, left camp at seven A. M., and marched to Cartersville, eleven miles, remaining there during the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth. November thirteenth, marched at daylight to Ackworth, thirteen miles, destroying the railroad from the Etowah River to Allatoona Creek, eight miles. November fourteenth, marched at daylight, passing to the right of Kenesaw Mountains, and bivouacked at Nickojack Creek, twenty miles. November fifteenth, moved at daylight to Atlanta, (12) twelve miles. November sixteenth, left Atlanta at eleven A. M., passing through Decatur, and bivouacking at Snapfinger Creek, marching ten miles. November seventeenth, moved at seven A. M. through Lithonia to Couzens, seventeen miles, and destroying five miles of railroad. November eighteenth, marched at daylight, crossing Yellow River by Covington, to Ulcafouhatchie River, fifteen miles, destroying three miles railroad. November nineteenth, marched at daylight, passing through Newburn, to Shadydale, nineteen miles. November twentieth, left camp at seven A. M., marching to Etonton Factory or Little River, (15) fifteen miles. November twenty-first, marched at daylight, crossing Mud Creek, and camping at Cedar Creek, marching eighteen miles. November twenty-second, in camp. November twenty-third, moved at daylight, and camped near Milledgeville, fifteen miles. November twenty-fourth, left camp at ten A. M., passing through Milledgeville and crossing the Oconee River, and camping at Town Creek, nine miles. November twenty-fifth, moved at daylight, crossing Buffalo Creek, and camping at Cagy Creek, marching twelve miles. Twenty-sixth, moved at daylight for Sandersville; about four miles west of that place, my foragers were met by Wheeler's cavalry, who were disposed to resist their advance. The foragers were soon formed and deployed as skirmishers, and steadily drove the enemy to and through Sandersville, never checking the advance of the column. As a precautionary measure, the One Hundred and Thirteenth Ohio, (Captain Jones commanding,) of the Second brigade, were deployed as skirmishers on the left of the road. One division of the Twentieth corps entered the town simultaneously with my own. Twenty-seventh, marched at seven A. M., crossing the Ogeechee River, camping at Ferm's Bridge, Hudson's plantation, marching sixteen miles. Twenty-eighth, left camp at daylight, crossing Rocky Comfort Creek, camping at Louisville, nine miles, remaining there during the twenty-ninth and thirtieth. While at Louisville, six wagons under charge of Lieutenant Coe, Acting Assistant Quartermaster, were attacked just outside of picket-line by Wheeler's cavalry, and four wagons captured, the remaining two escaping within the lines, followed by the enemy. Captain
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