previous next


24th, at six A. M., with the brigade, across the Oconee, where it remained until three P. M., and then moved on slowly, impeded by the trains ahead, until half-past 4 A. M., November

25th, when we stopped, and again marched at seven A. M. with the brigade, marching to Buffalo Creek, when we encamped at three P. M.

26th. Marched at eight A. M. with the brigade, and camped at Sandersville at three P. M.

27th. Marched fourteen miles with the brigade, and camped at dark.

28th. Marched with the brigade at six A. M., and camped in the afternoon at the Ogeechee River, where the brigade remained until eight P. M., November

29th, when the regiment crossed the Ogeechee one mile and encamped, remaining there, guarding the rear of wagon-trains, until, at eight P. M., it marched with the brigade through Louisville four miles, and encamped at one o'clock A. M., December first.

December 1.--Marched with the brigade from camp at three P. M., guarding rear of train, moving about eight miles, when encamped at midnight.

2d. Marched some fifteen miles with the brigade, and camped at dark.

3d. Moved with brigade about noon, guarding cavalry train, and went into camp at one A. M., December fourth.

4th. Marched with the brigade eight miles, guarding cavalry train.

5th. Marched about fifteen miles, with the regiment deployed upon the train, guarding it, and camped about dark.

6th. Marched with the brigade at six A. M., moving thirteen miles, and camped at half-past 4 P. M., eleven miles west of Springfield.

7th. Marched at eight A. M., and camped near Springfield, at four P. M.

8th. Moved with brigade, guarding trains about noon, and made five miles at ten P. M., when encamped.

9th. Marched in advance of brigade and division at half-past 8 A. M., and employed my men all day in repairing roads for trains; moved until dark, when encamped about sixteen miles from Savannah.

10th. Marched with the brigade at seven A. M., to within about five miles of Savannah, when went into camp in second line before dark.

11th. Remained in camp until four P. M., when the regiment moved forward to the first line and encamped in line of battle. Remained in the same position until December

14th, when, by orders, I reported at eight A. M., with the Eighty-fifth regiment Indiana infantry, and the Nineteenth regiment Michigan infantry, at corps headquarters, for special duty. At nine A. M., took charge of twenty-four wagons, and pursuant to orders, went eight and one half miles, and beyond the lines loaded the wagons with staves and rails; reported back to the brigade at five P. M., having made a march of seventeen miles with two regiments in less than eight hours. Remained in original position until December

16th, when, at seven o'clock A. M., with other regiments of the brigade, moved to left of the Savannah road, and camped in line in some earthworks. The regiment remained in this position until December twenty-first, when it moved to its present camp, one mile north-west of Savannah.

The regiment left Atlanta with twenty-two officers and three hundred and thirteen men, and arrived at its present camp without any casualty and with the same number, in good health, excepting three recently sent to the hospital. The regiment destroyed three quarters of a mile of railroad during the campaign. The men endured the hardships of the campaign and its extra labors with cheerfulness, always punctual and well-behaved. I feel a compliment due them for their soldierly conduct, when day by day, with inducements to forage all about them, and the example of large numbers of stragglers, often within sight, obtaining forage, they did not straggle, always present at roll-call before the regiment was dismissed to camp. In only three instances were there exceptions, which were cases of men who, during the laborious night-marches, fell asleep by the road-side.

The regiment has been in no engagement, and as a regiment, only under artillery fire the few days we were before Savannah.

I am under obligations to my officers, field, line, and staff, for their uniform courtesy, and the satisfactory manner in which they have filled their places and performed their duties. Both officers and men have endured, all confident of success, never imagining a reverse possible.

Respectfully submitted,

A. B. Crane, Lieut.-Col. Eighty-fifth Regiment Indiana Infantry, Commanding Regiment.

Major Brant's Report.

headquarters Eighty-Fifth Indiana volunteer infantry, Savannah, Georgia, December 26, 1864.
Captain A. G. Kellam, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade, Third Division, Twentieth Army Corps:
sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of this regiment, during the occupation of Atlanta, from September third to November eleventh, 1864.

From the third of September to the fourth of October, the regiment was in position on the right of the Augusta Railroad, and near the line of rebel works that cover Atlanta on the southeast. During this time, the regiment changed position on this line no less than five times; but finally went into camp on that part of the line above described, near the city cemetery, where it remained during the occupation of Atlanta. From the fourth to the sixteenth of October, the regiment furnished from seventy to one hundred and ten men daily for work on the fortifications then being constructed. During this time, it also furnished daily fifty enlisted men for picket on the long line which the regiment had to cover, there being no other troops on this line from the right of the First division, Twentieth army corps,

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
A. G. Kellam (1)
A. B. Crane (1)
J. E. Brant (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: