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Colonel case's Report.

headquarters one hundred and twenty-Ninth Illinois volunteer infantry, Savannah, Ga., December 25, 1864.
Lieutenant A. H. Trego, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, First Brigade, Third Division, Twentieth Army Corps:
Lieutenant: In response to the order requiring me to make a report of the recent campaign, with approximate estimates of forage, horses, mules, etc., captured, so far as my regiment is concerned, I submit the following:

While our brigade was in camp at Chattahoochee Bridge, I was in charge of only one forage expedition; the amount of corn obtained on that expedition was about four thousand five hundred bushels. During the afternoon of the thirteenth November, my regiment completely destroyed about half a mile of the railroad lying between the Chattahoochee River and Atlanta. Our brigade broke camp the next morning and proceeded to Atlanta, and marched thence on the recent campaign on the fifteenth November, proceeding easterly. We arrived at Madison on the eighteenth, thence we moved in.a south-easterly direction, and reached Milledgeville on the twenty-second; we marched thence on the twenty-fourth, and passed through Sandersville on the twenty-fifth, Louisville on the twenty-ninth, rested the thirtieth, passed Bulkhead Church December third in the morning, and on the same day our brigade destroyed about one and a half miles of the railroad leading from Millen to Augusta. Reached Turkey Creek about four P. M., December sixth, and arrived within shelling distance of the works of the enemy four miles from Savannah about ten A. M. on the tenth instant. Here the heed of the column halted, and my regiment was sent forward, deployed as skirmishers, to reconnoitre the works of the enemy. I advanced to within eighty rods, when, coming within full view of their works, and encountering a heavy abattis on my left, and wide and deep swamp on my right, I halted my skirmish-line. Was relieved at nine P. M. same day, and went into camp with the brigade that night about one and a half miles behind the skirmish-line previously held by my regiment. Our forces remained here in camp until the twenty-first instant, when the enemy having evacuated Savannah, we came into the city and encamped in our present position.

The distance marched by us, from the Chattahoochee to Savannah, was two hundred and eighty miles.

No casualties in my regiment, except private Davis, company A, who was accidentally shot by some one foraging near the road, November eighteenth, and died that night; also a private of company F was accidentally shot in camp, but not mortally.

It will be very difficult for me to give estimates of horses, mules, forage, etc., captured by my command during the march, but the following will at least approximate the actual results: Corn seized, 100 bushels; blade fodder, 1500 pounds; rice fodder, 1000 pounds; fresh pork, 8000 pounds; sweet potatoes, 50 bushels; molasses, 100 gallons; horses, 8; mules, (Quartermaster's department,) 12; mules and horses for companies, 15.

Of this number, many were turned into brigade headquarters by orders, and afterward some were killed, as I understand, but the exact number I cannot now state.

Very respectfully,

H. Case, Colonel Commanding Regiment,


Colonel Daniel Dustin's Report.

headquarters Second brigade, Third division, Twentieth army corps, Savannah, Ga., December 27, 1864.
Captain John Speed, Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Division, Twentieth Army Corps:
sir: I have the honor to transmit my report of the operations of the Second brigade, Third division, Twentieth army corps, from the time I assumed command, on the ninth day of November, to the twenty-first day of December. I also transmit herewith the reports of my regimental commanders, embracing the time from the occupation of Atlanta, on the second day of September, to the capture of Savannah, on the twenty-first instant.

By special order from corps headquarters, I assumed command of this brigade on the ninth day of November, my own regiment, the One Hundred and Fifth Illinois, still remaining in the First brigade. I thus relieved Lieutenant-Colonel Crane, of the Eighty-fifth Indiana, the ranking officer of this brigade. Colonel Crane was in command but for a few days, and to relieve him from the necessity of making a separate report as brigade commander, it may be here stated that nothing of particular interest occurred while he was in command, excepting that on the fifth day of November the brigade moved out on the McDonough road for the distance of two miles and then encamped. On the sixth, it was ordered back to its original position near Atlanta. Before returning, and just at daylight on the morning of the sixth, a dash upon our picket-line was made by a squad of rebel cavalry, and one man from the Thirty-third Indiana veteran volunteers was killed. Early on the morning of the ninth of November our lines were disturbed by artillery firing from the enemy, who had placed two guns in position at a point a short distance to the right of the Decatur road. From this point some fifteen or twenty shells were thrown into our lines, some of them bursting within and close upon the encampment of the Eighty-fifth Indiana. The brigade was promptly under arms, but the firing soon ceased, and no further demonstration was made in our front.

On assuming command of the brigade, I found it organized as follows: Thirty-third Indiana veteran volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Burton, 636 men; Twenty-second Wisconsin volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Bloodgood, 711 men; Nineteenth Michigan volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Baker, 703 men; Eighty-fifth Indiana volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Crane, 640 men; grand aggregate, 2690 men. Of this number, the total


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