of the track was incomplete, and many of the bridges, which were numerous along this portion of the railroad, were left undestroyed. As soon as the troops were drawn in, we marched back to division, and bivouacked at eight P. M. 29th. Started at six A. M., marched about twenty (20) miles, and bivouacked at six P. M., near Louisville. December 1.--Started at seven A. M. Marched as advance-guard about twelve (12) miles, and bivouacked at five P. M., at Blazed Tree Church. 2d. Started at eight A. M. Marched about eleven (11) miles and bivouacked about six P. M., near Buckhead Creek. 3d. Started at half-past 12 P. M. Marched until midnight, with numerous halts and over a difficult road, about eight (8) miles. 4th. Continued the march until four A. M., having made about three (3) miles, when the regiment bivouacked at half-past 7 A. M. Again started, marched about six (6) miles. The regiment was placed on picket-duty for the night, with the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh New-York volunteers. 5th. At seven A. M. grew in the picket-guard, and at nine A. M. moved forward with the column. Marched about fifteen (15) miles, and bivouacked at nine P. M. 6th. Moved at eight A. M. Marched about twelve (12) miles over very marshy roads, and bivouacked at six P. M. 7th. Started at seven A. M. Marched about ten (10) miles over very difficult roads, and bivouacked at six P. M., near Springfield. 8th. Started at half-past 6 A. M. Marched about nine (9) miles, and bivouacked about four P. M., at Wadley's Mills. 9th. Started at seven A. M. Marched about six (6) miles, and bivouacked at six P. M., near Monteith. 10th. Started at half-past 9 A. M. Shortly after starting, the regiment was placed in rear of the first two hundred (200) wagons of the corps train, as guard for the one hundred (100) wagons immediately preceding it. Marched about nine (9) miles, and bivouacked at four P. M., five and one half (5 1/2) miles from Savannah, Georgia. 11th. At seven A. M., moved out upon the main road to Savannah, with the rest of the brigade. Moved forward about three fourths (3/4) of a mile thereon, and turned off to the left toward the Savannah River. A short time thereafter, the command was halted, having come up with the enemy's pickets. In about an hour, I was ordered by Colonel Barnum, commanding the brigade, to move forward the regiment and deploy it as skirmishers, connecting with the left of the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh New-York volunteers, which was already deployed and skirmishing with the enemy, and to continue my line until it reached the river, if possible. When but three (3) companies upon the right had been deployed, the river was reached. With the remainder of the regiment as a reserve, I ordered the skirmishers forward. They had moved but about twenty-five (25) yards, when further advance was prevented by a deep swamp, and the line had become so shortened as to render two companies sufficient to cover the space between the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh New-York volunteers and the river. I therefore ordered company I to join the reserve, moved the reserve forward nearly to the skirmish line, and went forward with Colonel Barnum to reconnoitre the position. To get over the swamp with any force, it was found necessary to cross a narrow dike or road, which was commanded by the enemy's sharpshooters. At this time Captain Maguire had succeeded in crossing with a few skirmishers, and he meeting with but little resistance, I ordered company K, Captain O. J. Spaulding, to cross the road, quickly deploy, and with those already across, advance toward the enemy's works. This was gallantly done, and the enemy driven into his main line of works. I immediately ordered the reserve forward, when the enemy opened upon the column with artillery, and the force being insufficient to carry works by assault, and unsupported, I ordered the regiment to form in line behind a natural dike which had been previously occupied by the enemy, and which was about one hundred and fifty (150) yards from their main line. During this attack the regiment had two wounded: Captain Spaulding and one (1) private, both slightly. The regiment remained in this position,and improved and strengthened the earthworks in their front sufficiently to protect it from the enemy's fire. At half-past 11 P. M., it was announced to regimental commanders by Colonel Barnum that a night attack was ordered, and the plan detailed. 12th. At half-past 12 A. M., the regiment was called up and preparations made to assault the enemy's lines at one A. M. At that hour the regiment was in readiness, but the attack was delayed, and the regiment did not commence to move outside our line of works to get into position until about four A. M. This regiment was to form the left of the second line of the assaulting column, and the left wing had filed over and in front of our works when the order for attack was countermanded, and I received orders to take my original position within our line of works, which I did. Remained here during the day, nothing occurring except being annoyed by the enemy's sharp-shooters and a few shell. 13th. Early in the morning I ordered the construction of some rifle-pits in advance of our line about ten rods, and four (4) in number. The enemy's sharp-shooters kept up an annoying fire, and occasionally their artillery opened, with no other effect than the wounding of one (1) man slightly. 14th. Our rifle-pits having been finished, my skirmishers or pickets were enabled to silence the enemy's sharp-shooters to a considerable extent. During the day, the gunboat made its appearance in the river nearly in a line with the left of my regiment, and opened fire upon the line with shot and shell from six and a half and nine inch guns, from the effects of which I had five (5) men slightly wounded. From this time until the
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