November 18th, marched till half-past 3 o'clock P. M.; halted and bivouacked for the night, having passed through Social Circle at noon, halting one hour for dinner; here we found plenty of forage for both soldier and stock ; after dinner moved out again; reached the railroad at Rutledge Station, where the duty of destroying the road was assigned to the Second brigade; the brigade destroyed about one mile of the road by making large rail fires; went into camp as above stated. November 19th, the Thirty-third Indiana with Second brigade was detailed to destroy the railroad; the day was wet and disagreeable, still the brigade destroyed the road as far as Madison, a distance of four miles; passed Madison about two P. M., and camped for the night four miles from the town. November 20th, the Second brigade was deployed out along the train, four men to each wagon ; the road was rough and the movement of the train was very slow; the regiment did not halt till after dark; marched in a southerly direction. November 21st, moved at five A. M., the brigade in advance of the division, and the Thirty-third in advance of brigade; passed through Eatonton about nine o'clock A. M. (Rained all day.) November 22d, we lay in camp till late in the evening, when we took up our line of march for Milledgeville; the regiment was deployed along the wagon-train. November 23d, entered Milledgeville, the capital, half-past 3 o'clock A. M.; lay in camp at this place all day. November 24th, marched at six A. M.; this morning crossed the Oconee River, and halted until three o'clock P. M., when we again moved forward; the march was very much delayed by bad roads through swamps; the weather was very cold, and the fences were set on tire to make the halts more comfortable; marched till half-past 3 o'clock A. M., then went into camp. November 25th, at seven A. M., we again moved out, (left;) seven companies were deployed along the train of wagons, and two companies remained in rear of train as guards ; the Thirty-third Indiana in rear of brigade ; marched about five miles, and halted from twelve M. until four P. M., when we again moved to Buffalo Creek, a distance of about one mile, and went into camp for the night; the citizens had burned the bridge, and the army was delayed on that account. November 26th. The bridge was finished twenty-fifth night; the brigade crossed the bridge; the Thirty-third on left centre of the brigade; after crossing the creek, halted till after dinner; moved on again, reaching Sandersville about dark. November 27th. This morning moved from Sandersville in solid column about three miles, and halted on the right of the road till afternoon, when we again deployed along the train ; reached Davisboro Station on the Macon and Savannah Railroad about eight P. M., and went into camp for the night. November 28th, moved out before daylight, Thirty-third Indiana in advance of the brigade; companies F, D, H, C were advanced guards, under command of Major Niedrauer; as the advance approached the Ogeechee River, they were fired into by the enemy from the opposite side of the river, who succeeded in burning the river bridge; the brigade was immediately moved out on the left of the road in an open field, the Thirty-third Indiana in the advanced line ; the brigade stacked arms and remained in line of battle until near dark, when they moved to the rear about one fourth of a mile, and went into camp in a single line of battle, Thirty-third Indiana on the right. 29th. The brigade lay in camp until about five P. M., when we moved out, the Thirty-third in rear of the brigade. We halted in line of battle on left of road, facing to the rear to guard against surprise. Company H was sent out as flankers on our right. We here waited until about ten P. M., when all the brigade except the Thirty-third crossed the river. The Thirty-third was. left on the west side as guards for the pontoon-bridge. The pickets were soon posted and the regiment lay down to rest eleven P. M. 30th. We remained in camp until about six P. M., and were ordered to cross the river; after crossing, the bridge was taken up without interruption. We had to pass through a swamp about one half-mile in width. During the day we had to pass through several severe swamps. We passed through Louisville, Jefferson county, in the evening; later in the night a dense fog made the march very slow, and it was with much difficulty that we could keep together. Went into camp at one A. M. December 1.--A foraging party was sent out from the Thirty-third, which were successful in getting subsistence for the whole brigade. Still we have swamps to pass on the road; went into camp about twelve M. at night. 2d. Moved out about day, the brigade in advance of corps, and the Thirty-third in advance of brigade. The roads were better than usual; went into camp about nine P. M. 3d. The brigade deployed along the wagon-train, the Thirty-third Indiana in rear of the brigade; halted a short time about one P. M., moved on till two A. M., then bivouacked for the night. 4th. The brigade was deployed through the train. We were delayed about an hour waiting the completion of a bridge across the swamp. We crossed late in the evening and went into camp. 5th. During the fore part of the day, the regiment was deployed along the train, but in the afternoon marched in solid column. 6th. Moved out early, the brigade in advance of corps, and the Thirty-third in advance of the brigade. Received orders to carry four days forage; we passed through large swamps where forage is very scarce. The enemy blockaded the road, which delayed our movements but little, as the obstructions were easily removed. 7th. Our march was more rapid to-day than
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