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[44] Dumphrey with company--, Tenth Michigan infantry, waited coolly their approach when within close range fired, killing one lieutenant, two privates, and wounding two, one mortally, promptly charging, recaptured the four wagons. The Captain is a cool, gallant soldier, and commands brave men. Reports being made that there was a large body of Wheeler's cavalry in my front, Lieutenant-Colonel Pierce, commanding the Second brigade, was ordered forward. The enemy did not wait for a close approach of deployed infantry, but male a rapid retreat. Lieutenant-Colonel Langly, commanding Third brigade, with two regiments of his command, had previously driven a party of cavalry from his front on the Alabama road, killing a captain and one private. I had no farther trouble with Wheeler's command.

December first, leaving my train in compliance with orders from corps headquarters, marched at half-past 10 A. M. on Waynesboro road to Baker's Creek, ten miles.

December second, left camp at eight A. M., marching ten miles camped near Buckhead Creek.

December third, left camp at nine A. M., crossing Buckhead and Rock Creeks, camping near railroad, ten miles.

December fourth, moved at half-past 6, my division in the advance with its own and Third division trains, crossing railroad at Lumpkins Station, passing through the town of Habersham to Smith's plantation, marching sixteen miles.

December fifth, moved at daylight, camping at Buck Creek P. O., having marched sixteen miles.

December sixth, moved at half-past 6 A. M., crossing Buck and Black Creeks, camping after a march of eighteen miles. Road badly obstructed by fallen trees; removed them during the night.

December seventh, left camp at half-past 6 A. M., and marching fifteen miles, camped at----plantation, twenty-six miles from Savannah. Road badly obstructed by fallen trees, but by heavy details removed them, causing but little delay. The bridge at Ebenezer Creek having been destroyed two miles in our front, Colonel's Buell's command went actively to work to construct a new one.

December eighth, the bridge having been completed, left camp at ten A. M., crossing Ebenezer Creek, marched to Little Ebenezer Creek, where, after a delay of several hours for completion of pontoons, moved forward to Cyler's Creek; just after going into camps, received orders from General Davis to return to Little Ebenezer to protect the train of the corps, an attack being apprehended; returned, and the Second and Third brigades, recrossing the creek, bivouacked for the night, having marched (10) ten miles.

December ninth, left camp at seven A. M., marching eight miles, (and constructing three bridges.) At Doctor Cuyler's plantation, about fourteen and a half miles from Savannah, my advance came within range and fire of a rebel battery. Two regiments of the Third brigade were at once deployed as skirmishers on the right and left of the road, and one piece of the battery ordered forward; this piece was soon in position and opened fire, which was spiritedly answered by some, well-directed shots. Lieutenant Coe, commanding battery, was struck by a shell and instantly killed — a brave, good officer. By order subsequently received from Corps Commander, the First and Third brigades were placed in position. During tile night the works in our front were abandoned.

December tenth, left camp at eight A. M.; marching four miles, found the Twentieth corps moving upon our road ; went into camp.

December eleventh, received orders to relieve Seventeenth corps. Left camp at eight A. M., marching seven miles; went into position on the right of the Milledgeville road, remaining in this position until the twenty-second. During this time steady approaches were being made to within three hundred yards of the enemy's works. On the night of the twentieth, succeeded in getting two guns in fine position. Just before daylight my skirmishers entered the abandoned works of the enemy.

This closing a brilliant and successful campaign. With a few exceptions, all have faithfully performed their duties. To Lieutenant-Colonel Pearce, commanding Second brigade, (in the absence of Colonel Mitchell,) and Lieutenant-Colonel Langly, commanding Third brigade, (in the absence of Colonel Dilworth,) I am under obligations for their promptness in execution all orders. They are good officers and ought to be promoted. My staff-officers are deserving of all praise; constant and active attention to duty; and I again, as in my former reports, recommend them for promotion, having from long and faithful service earned it.

I close this report with stating First That since the fall of Atlanta my division has marched (560) five hundred and sixty miles, (and by railroad (406) four hundred and six.)

Second. Captured (189) one hundred and eighty-nine horses, (586) five hundred and eighty-six mules, (6) six jacks, and (1) jenny, four hundred and eighteen head of cattle in addition to the number used during the campaign.

Third. (17) Seventeen miles of railroad destroyed.

Fourth. But (3) three rations of bread and (2) two of salt meat were issued to my command from Atlanta to Savannah, the men always having an abundant supply furnished by forage details.

Fifth. The mules of my trains, and artillery horses, were in much finer condition at the end than at the commencement of the campaign.

Sixth. No cotton-gins, cotton, or other property destroyed by my order.

Casualties: eight killed, sixteen wounded, fifty-seven missing--total, eighty-one.

All of which is respectfully submitted,

James D. Morgan, Brigadier-General, Commanding Second Division.

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