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[135] picket-line was advanced to within three hundred yards of the enemy's works. A strong line of works was constructed, and we lay under fire of the enemy's batteries until the morning of the twenty-first December. At sunrise of that day I received orders from General Ward to advance my picket-line. The advance found that the enemy had evacuated their works during the night. We captured thirty-six prisoners, among whom were two officers; five large guns and one brass piece, with ammunition. My men removed six torpedoes, two on the railroad track and four on the turnpike road leading into the city. I shortly after received orders to move my brigade toward the city and encamp it, which I did. The casualties during the campaign are as follows:

Killed, none; wounded, one officer, Lieutenant Lewis, Twentieth Connecticut volunteers, with grape-shot in leg, since dead; one enlisted man of the One Hundred and Thirty-sixth New-York volunteers; missing, one enlisted man of the Twentieth Connecticut volunteers, leg broken and left near Milledgeville.

Missing: Fifty-fifth Ohio volunteers, eleven; Twentieth Connecticut volunteers, one; Twenty-sixth Wisconsin volunteers, one; One Hundred and Thirty-sixth New-York volunteers, seven. Total: one officer--twenty enlisted men.

Since my command left Atlanta, it has subsisted mainly from the country. Up to the time of the capture of Savannah, ten days rations only had been issued by the commissaries. On the march, foraging-parties were sent out daily from each regiment, and found ample supplies, subsistence stores of all kinds, and forage. But four days rations of forage were brought from Atlanta, and, up to the date of this report, all the forage that has been used has been taken from the country.

I have estimated that the troops of my command have procured from the country sixty-two thousand rations and thirteen thousand days forage. It is proper to state that the supplies thus obtained were equal in quantity to double rations. My command captured from the country, twenty-one serviceable horses and sixty-five mules ; besides these, a number of animals were taken, which were used on the march and abandoned. Also one hundred and fifty head of cattle and fifty sheep.

recapitulation.

Captured from the enemy and the country: Artillery, number of guns, six; prisoners, thirty-six; rations of subsistence, sixty-two thousand; days' forage, thirteen thousand; horses, twenty-one; mules, sixty-five; cattle, one hundred and fifty; sheep, fifty. Casualties, (twenty-one:) officer, (wounded, since dead,) one; enlisted men, wounded, two; enlisted men, missing, eighteen. Total, twenty-one.

I have the honor to be, Captain, very respectfully your obedient servant,

Samuel Ross, Colonel Twentieth Connecticut Infantry, Commanding Brigade.


Lieutenant Hurst's Report.

headquarters seventy-Third regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry, Savannah, Ga., Dec. 24, 1864.
Captain C. H. Young, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General Third Brigade, Third Division, Twentieth Corps:
Captain: In obedience to orders, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my command from the time of the occupation of Atlanta to the present date. This command marched into and occupied a position in the defences of Atlanta, on the second day of September, 1864. From that time to the twenty-first of October, the regiment performed picket-duty, and worked upon the new line of fortifications projected for the defence of the city. On the twenty-first of October, the regiment joined in an expedition commanded by Colonel Daniel Dustin. The expedition went about twenty miles due east; collected over eight hundred wagon-loads of forage, and returned to camp at Atlanta in four days without loss to this command.

On the fifteenth day of November, 1864, this regiment moved from its camp in the defences of Atlanta, and began the march across the State of Georgia, occupying its position in the brigade in the line of march, until it reached the defences of Savannah, without a single casualty in the command. The regiment assisted in destroying the railroad at Social Circle and at Madison. My command subsisted for thirty days almost wholly upon the products of the country through which we passed. I have to submit the following estimate of animals captured by my command: Ten horses, twenty mules, six head of beef-cattle. I have also to submit an estimate of commissaries and forage captured and used by the men and animals in my command: Two hundred hogs and pigs, forty sheep, two thousand chickens and turkeys, one hundred bushels of meal, one hundred gallons molasses, one thousand pounds of honey, three hundred bushels sweet potatoes, two thousand pounds flour, one thousand pounds sugar, three hundred bushels corn, and one ton of rough forage. The expedition was in nowise severe on this command. The health of the men was excellent throughout the campaign.

I have the honor, Captain, to subscribe myself, your obedient servant,

Samuel H. Hurst, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Seventy-third Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry.


Lieutenant Faulkner's Report.

headquarters one hundred and Thirty-Sixth New-York volunteers, December 27, 1864.
Captain C. H. Young, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Brigade, Third Division, Twentieth Corps:
Captain: I have the honor to submit the following as my report of the operations of my command since leaving Atlanta. We left that place on the fifteenth of November, and without incident worthy of special notice, marched about sixteen miles per diem until we reached Milledgeville, which occurred on the twenty-second November.


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