November twenty-second, where it remained until November twenty-fourth, then marched in the direction of Savannah via, Louisville and Millen. Arrived outside the defences of Savannah on the tenth day of December, 1864, where it remained building and occupying breastworks until December twenty-first, when (the city having been evacuated) it went into camp about three quarters of a mile north-west of the city of Savannah, Georgia. During the recent march, this regiment obtained from the country, upon estimation, as follows: Meat of various kinds, eleven thousand nine hundred pounds; flour, one thousand pounds; sweet potatoes, three hundred bushels; corn-meal, five hundred pounds, besides other vegetables of various kinds, of which I have no data upon which to estimate the amounts. The regiment (aside from two companies, which were detached with the train) captured, mules, eight; cattle, ten. From the companies detached at the train, were detailed men whose special duties were to make captures of horses and mules, and the result of their labors in that direction, will probably be obtained from Lieutenant Tabor, Brigade Assistant Quartermaster, under whose direction they operated. The casualties in the regiment during the march from Atlanta were three men missing. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. H. Powers, Lieutenant-Colonel Fifty-fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Commanding.
Lieutenant-Colonel Buckingham's Report.
headquarters Twentieth regiment, Connecticut volunteer infantry, Third brigade, Third division, Twentieth army corps, Savannah, Georgia, December 24, 1864.In obedience to requirements of circular from brigade headquarters, of date the twenty-third instant, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of this regiment since the date of my last report made soon after the occupation of Atlanta, on the sixth of September: From this date to the fifth of November, the regiment remained in camp south of Atlanta, near the line of rebel works, and from the third of October to the last-named date, furnished nearly one half of the effective force of the regiment for fatigue and picket-duty; the fatigue-party having been engaged in building a new line of works about the city. On the fourteenth of September, two hundred and fifty men, with a proper proportion of officers and non-commissioned officers, all under the charge of Captain Ezra Sprague, were sent to accompany Colonel La Due, Assistant Quartermaster of the corps, on a foraging expedition, and succeeded in loading one hundred and twenty-five wagons, having been absent two days. From the twenty-fourth of September to the tenth of November, I was absent from the regiment in command of the Third brigade of this division, during which time the regiment accompanied a foraging expedition which went out under command of Colonel Dustin, then in command of this division. A detailed report of that expedition will be made by Major Pardee, who was in command of the regiment at that time, and during the time of my absence. On the fifth November, the regiment moved with the division out of camp about two miles on the McDonough road, and encamped for the night, and on the following day was ordered back with the division and occupied its old camp. On the tenth November, I returned and assumed command of the regiment, which remained in camp until the fifteenth, when, at half-past 7 A. M., it moved out on to the Decatur road with the left wing, army of Georgia, to take part in the campaign which has just terminated in the capture of Savannah. The march was continued the first twenty-four hours with only a halt for dinner at Decatur. On the third day we reached Social Circle, where the brigade was directed to destroy the railroad, and the regiment assisted in destroying it for some six miles; working from ten A. M. till dark, and then rejoined the division ten miles in advance. On the fourth day we reached Madison, where the regiment destroyed the switch-track and some two miles of the main road; working from nine A. M. till noon. The fifth day we reached Edenton; the seventh day, Milledgeville, where we remained in camp, resting one day. On the twenty-sixth November we reached Sandersville, and the following day arrived at Davisboro; the twenty-ninth, we passed through Louisville, and on the second December encamped at night near Birdsville. December third, crossed the railroad near Millen, and on the eighth, passed through Springfield. On the tenth we encamped in line of battle within four miles of Savannah; the eleventh, we moved forward nearly a mile immediately in front of the works of the enemy, and built rifle-pits, where we remained under the fire of the artillery of the enemy till the morning of the twenty-first, when, in conjunction with the corps, we entered the city of Savannah without opposition, the enemy having evacuated it on the previous night. Only one casualty occurred in the regiment while in front of the city. Lieutenant Henry Lewis, of company K, was severely wounded in the leg. Eight enlisted men fell out on the march on the first night, and have not since joined the regiment. When we left Atlanta, company F, of this regiment, under command of Captain Tarr, was detailed to report to Captain Sackett, Acting Commissary Subsistence of this brigade, and was engaged in foraging under his directions till we reached the works in front of Savannah, when it was relieved and rejoined the regiment. Parties were detailed daily under the charge of a commissioned officer to forage for the regiment, and in this way the officers and men obtained nearly all the supplies required, including the rations in the hands of the men when leaving
Captain C. H. Young, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
Captain C. H. Young, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General: