o'clock P. M. on the same day, broke camp and marched about one mile in a southerly direction, and encamped for the night on or near the McDonough road. On the following day, orders were received to return, when we marched back and reoccupied our camps. My brigade furnished all required details for fatigue and foraging expeditions during the occupation of Atlanta, Georgia. On the morning of November fifteenth, 1864, at seven o'clock, we again broke camp in accordance with orders received the previous evening, with thirty days rations and sixty (60) rounds of ammunition (in cartridge-boxes and knapsacks) per man. The course from Atlanta was south-easterly, along the Decatur Pike, passing several small villages, of which the following in their order are the most prominent — Decatur, Stone Mountain, Social Circle, Madison; and on the twenty-second of November, 1864, reached Milledgeville, Georgia, where we remained one day. On the twenty-fourth instant, resumed the march in an easterly direction to Sandersville, from which place our course was due south to a point on the Macon and Savannah Railroad, called Tennille, or Station No. 13. The brigade assisted in destroying the railroad track until noon, when the march was resumed in the direction of Davisboro, where I arrived at ten o'clock P. M. November twenty-seventh, 1864. On the following morning, the brigade was detached for the purpose of escorting the headquarter train Twentieth corps to Spiers Station, where I encamped for the night. On the morning of November twenty-ninth, 1864, I received orders to march the brigade to Station No.??10 1/2. on the Macon and Savannah Railroad, with instructions to destroy one (1) mile of railroad track to the west of said station, and to the east as far as the Ogeechee River, and also the bridge crossing it, which I did in a very effectual manner. The advance of the brigade marched as far as Station No. 10, destroying some cotton and cotton-gins, and rejoined the brigade at the river before the destruction of the bridge and trestle-work was completed. During the afternoon of the thirtieth, I was ordered to rejoin the division, and a guide was sent to conduct the brigade. After a tedious night march of about fifteen miles, I reported the brigade to the division commander about three (3) miles north of Louisville, Georgia. On the following morning the march was resumed, but until the ninth of December, nothing of importance occurred. On that day, the first division having the advance of the corps, encountered a force of the enemy intrenched behind a swamp about thirteen (13) miles north of Savannah, when this brigade was ordered to the support of Colonel Carman's brigade of the First division, then preparing to attack the enemy. I reported with the brigade at the place indicated, but the enemy, in the mean time, abandoned the position, and I was directed to return and rejoin the division, which I did at nightfall of that day. On the following morning, December tenth, I was ordered to march about two (2) miles to the rear, where the train of the corps was parked, and cover the approaches leading to it, and when it moved follow at a proper distance as rear-guard, for which purpose a section of Winnegar's New-York battery reported to me, together with one (1) regiment of the First brigade, (the Twenty-ninth Ohio veteran volunteers.) The train moved forward at one o'clock P. M., and went into camp about midnight, on the line of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, about five (5) miles from the city. On the morning of December eleventh, the Third brigade of this division, under command of Colonel Barnum, having reconnoitred the position of the enemy, with a view to select ground for future operations, I was, about ten o'clock A. M., ordered to move the brigade to the front and the left of our position, on the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, and subsequently, at three o'clock P. M., assigned position — the left resting on Savannah River, and about three (3) miles distant from the city. The brigade in the reserve of the division, and about five hundred yards behind the first line, composed of the Third and First brigades. Under the instructions of the division commander, I made disposition to protect the artillery in position on the river bank, and to picket the west bank of the river. On the thirteenth, I was ordered to send a small force to the north of Hutchinson Island, in the Savannah River, to observe the movements of the enemy, and secure a rice-mill on that part of the island, which was to be used as a post of observation for our artillery and staff-officers. Major William H. Hoyt, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth New-York volunteers, with sixty (60) men, was sent for this purpose; and his force being insufficient, I was further ordered by General Geary, commanding division, to send a small regiment for the purpose. Lieutenant-Colonel A. H. Jackson, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth New-York volunteers, was accordingly sent, and subsequently, the Seventy-third Pennsylvania veteran volunteers, Major (now Lieutenant-Colonel) C. C. Cresson commanding. These regiments remained there until the morning of the twenty first instant. The enemy having evacuated the city of Savannah on the night previous, on the morning of the twenty-first, about four o'clock, I was ordered to withdraw the regiments upon the island, and march the brigade forward to the line of works formerly occupied by the enemy; and upon arriving there, the General commanding division sent me orders to march to the city. Arriving in the city, I was assigned the city parade-ground, or Forsyth Place, as a ground for encampment, and the brigade assigned to the duty of guarding and patrolling a district of the city. The casualties of the brigade during the operations embraced in this report were slight. A tabular statement accompanies this report.
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