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20th. Nothing occurred beyond the usual picket-firing, and occasional shelling by the enemy. About nine P. M., my pickets on the left of the regiment reported that the men in the enemy's works in our front could be seen apparently moving to the right, (their left,) and soon thereafter the enemy could be heard crossing a pontoon-bridge apparently opposite the city. A strict watch was instituted, and at about half-past 10 P. M., becoming satisfied that they were leaving, went in person and reported these facts to the brigade commander. During this time the enemy kept up a vigorous fire from his artillery in our front. At eleven P. M. this ceased — from this until twelve o'clock the sound of the enemy crossing the pontoon-bridge could be heard continually.

21st. From one A. M. to three A. M. the sounds made by crossing could be so distinctly heard, and every indication of the evacuation of the city becoming so apparent, an advance was ordered by Colonel Barnum, who had come up in person to my position, to be made by ten (10) men from my regiment, to reconnoitre the position in our front, and discover whether or not the enemy were there. In a short time they reported the line evacuated, and at three A. M. I entered the first line of the enemy's works with the regiment, finding seven guns in position, and a large quantity of ammunition, etc., destroyed. In a short time the men sent forward reported the enemy's second line, across the canal, also evacuated. In obedience to orders from the brigade commander, I detached one company to guard the guns captured, and with the remainder of the regiment crossed the canal and entered the second line, where we halted and awaited the coining up of the remainder of the brigade. Detached two companies to take possession of and guard the guns in this line from the Augusta road to the river. At a quarter-past four A. M., an advance toward the city was ordered, my regiment leading. Marched rapidly forward until we reached the Augusta road, where I ordered one company in advance of the column as skirmishers. Moved forward very rapidly and with no opposition, except a few shots fired upon the advance-guard from the bridge crossing the canal, and entered the city at daylight, capturing some few stragglers from the enemy, and a large amount of stores of all kinds.

During the whole of the campaign, both the officers and men of my command have behaved well, and it is sufficient to say have done their whole duty as becomes veterans.

It is difficult, where all have so well performed their part, to make any distinction. Yet I would especially mention Captain O. J. Spaulding, commanding company K, Captain H. M. Maguire, company C, and First Lieutenant and Acting Adjutant T. W. Root, as deserving special mention for their bravery and vigilance throughout the campaign.

Respectfully submitted,

H. S. Chatfield, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Regiment.


Lieutenant-Colonel Zulick's Report.

headquarters twenty-Ninth Pennsylvania veteran volunteers, Savannah, Georgia, December 24, 1864.
Captain O. T. May, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
Captain: I have the honor to submit the following report, in compliance with orders from brigade headquarters, received December twenty-third, 1864:

November 15.--Broke camp at seven A. M., took the Decatur road and marched in connection with the brigade, as rear-guard to division train, and reached camp at four A. M. of the sixteenth, beyond and to the right of Stone Mountain, some fifteen miles from Atlanta.

16th. Received orders, and took up line of march at six A. M., still acting as guard to division train. Crossed the Yellow and Stone Rivers and Haynes Creek, marched about fourteen miles, and bivouacked for the night.

17th. Took up line of march, the division and brigade having the advance, and made a march of eighteen miles and bivouacked within two miles of Social Circle.

18th. Broke camp at six A. M., this regiment on the left of the brigade, the division still the advancing column. Crossed the Little Haynes Creek, passed through the post-villages of Social Circle and Rutledge; bivouacked near the town of Madison, having marched seventeen miles.

19th. Took up the line of march before the break of day, passed through the town of Madison, halted for dinner at Buckhead Station. The division having separated from the corps and train, taking a different but converging road, halted for the night at Blue Springs, on the plantation of General Gordon. At this point the command was turned out, to destroy the Augusta Railroad, which was effectually accomplished for several miles. A large amount of cotton (one hundred and fifty (150) bales) and corn, ready for shipment, on the plantation of General Gordon, was destroyed by fire, by order of General Geary, commanding the division.

20th. Broke camp at seven A. M., this regiment being the advance-guard of the column. After striking Oconee River, the column marched down this stream upon the west bank, passing through the village of Oconee; bivouacked at Dunham's, a large and extensive government boot and shoe and tannery establishment. The regiment, in connection with the One Hundred and Forty-ninth New-York volunteers, being on picket, marched about fourteen miles.

21st. Took up line of march at eight A. M. The brigade destroyed, by General Geary's orders, the tannery and work-shops at Dunham's. The roads heavy, and incessant rain during the entire day. Marched twelve miles, and bivouacked on Westley's plantation.

22d. Marched at seven A. M., crossed the Little River on pontoons, and joined the corps at Milledgeville, the capital of Georgia. Marched about fifteen miles, crossed the Oconee, and reached camp about nine P. M., and bivouacked for the night.


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