24th. Broke camp at eight A. M., but did not get fairly started until three P. M. Crossed the Oconee River on bridge. 25th. Marched six miles, and camped on west side of Buffalo Creek. 26th. Breaking camp at eight A. M., reached Sandersville at an early hour, and camped for night. 27th. Marched at half-past 7 A. M., reaching Davisboro, on the railroad, shortly after dark. 28th. Marched at half-past 6, our brigade in advance of the corps. On reaching the Ogeechee, some twelve miles from Davisboro, found the bridges burned by the rebels, and went into camp for night. Engineers and pontoniers were at once put to work, and twenty-ninth instant the troops and trains commenced crossing; the rear of the train did not pass until nearly dark; just at dark our brigade crossed, camping a short distance beyond the stream at ten P. M. 30th. Remained in camp all day waiting for trains to pass, and started at nine in the evening, passing through Louisville, going very slowly, and camped at nearly morning, having accomplished but five miles. December 1.--Remained in camp, waiting for passage of trains, until three P. M., and got over five miles of miserable country at midnight. 2d. Broke camp at daylight; marched fifteen miles, camping at dark in corn-field, west of Jones Creek. 3d. Leaving camp at an early hour, and passing near Millen, and the prison-pen where our prisoners were confined. Keeping north of the Savannah Railroad until dark, when we crossed it, and crossing some half-dozen swamps, went into camp at midnight. 4th. After a rainy night, broke encampment at half-past 7 A. M. Our brigade marched as train-guard ; accomplished six miles over horrible roads. Cannonading can be heard in the direction of the coast. 5th. Marched fifteen miles through a dead level country, heavily timbered with pine; swamps numerous. 6th. Broke camp at five A. M., our brigade in advance of corps; camped after going but a few miles. 7th. Leaving camp at eight A. M., marched ten miles; camping near Springfield, an unimportant town. 8th. Our division in the rear; lay in camp until noon; crossed a small creek, and remaining there until sundown, reached camp at eleven P. M. 9th. Broke camp at daylight; marched fourteen miles; are getting within striking distance of Savannah. 10th. Marching at daylight on an excellent road, we crossed the Charleston and Savannah road ten miles from the latter place. About four miles out, our advance struck the enemy's outposts, and skirmishing continued throughout the day. Troops went into position, and our brigade being in reserve, went into camp in good season. 11th. On the morning of this day, pursuant to orders from corps headquarters, the regiment moved back on main road, and, accompanied by Battery I, First New-York artillery, which it was to support, took a cross-road leading to the bank of the Savannah River, at a point about six miles from the city on a direct line. The object of this movement was to plant the battery in a position commanding the main channel of the river, and prevent the enemy's gunboats, that were known to be up the river, from getting to the city. The battery went into position, and the regiment also, one wing being placed on the right, the other on the left of the guns. A strong earthwork was constructed, and parties were at once sent out to secure all small boats and rice-barges (a species of scow) that were in the river, it being rightly foreseen that they would be of use in future. Opposite to us lay an island, several miles in length, and from one to two in width. The island (called Argyle) was one grand rice-swamp, and was thickly traversed by ditches, dikes, and canals. A large rice-mill, just opposite to our position, and on the farther or eastern side of the island, was guarded by company F, Captain R. T. Pugh. At dark, the Third regiment Wisconsin infantry, (Colonel Hawley,) belonging to First division, Twentieth army corps, commenced crossing over to the island, using all the boats collected by the regiment during the day. The Third Wisconsin relieved the guard over rice-mills, and they returned to the regiment during the night. 12th. The forenoon was occupied in strengthening works, and collecting boats. Guards were also sent to rice-mills, one or two miles above us, on the river bank. At about three P. M., a smoke was discovered some miles up the river, but rapidly nearing. At last they were made out to be three boats, two side-wheel wooden boats, and one having the long, low hull and rakish build of a modern gunboat. As they came within range, our battery opened fire, and was quickly responded to by the gunboat, which was behind, and soon after by the second boat in the line. The battery worked rapidly, and by the time the boats had arrived within half a mile, two of them had been struck. As they came to a turn in the channel, that gave us a raking fire at them, there appeared to be some hesitation, which ended in the two rear boats heading up-stream, and putting on full steam, rapidly leaving the boat on the lead to shift for herself. But she was both disabled and aground. This being observed, word was at once sent to Colonel Hawley, proposing that he move his men up from the mill on the island, and take possession of the boat, as she had gone ashore on Argyle Island; and as there were no boats that were available for that purpose at the regiment, this was done. The boat Resolute, C. S. Navy, ran up the white flag, and was boarded by our men. Her crew consisted of seven officers and twenty-two men. She had no armament. The other two boats carried each several guns. A crew was selected from the
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