Railroad, at Tennille Station, and destroyed six (6) miles of track, the railroad depot, government warehouses, and three hundred and forty-two bales of cotton. Marched nine miles. November 27th.--Marched to Davisboro, sixteen miles. November 28th-29th.--Destroyed the Georgia Central Railroad, from Davisboro to Bostwick Station, a distance of twenty miles, together with the depots and government buildings along that portion of the road, also two (2) saw-mills and lumber-yards, and four (4) large bridges framed and ready for use, estimated to contain one million five hundred thousand feet of lumber. November 30th.--Crossed the Ogechee River, and joined the trains near Louisville, having marched eleven miles. December 1st.--Moved at half-past 11 A. M., being the centre division in column. Portion of the road very bad. The First brigade (Colonel Selfridge commanding) was, by order of Brigadier-General Williams, commanding corps, directed to report to General Ward, to assist in guarding the trains of the cavalry. Encamped at eleven P. M. Marched ten miles. December 2d.--Marched through Bardsville to Buckhead Church, thirteen miles. The First brigade reported back to the command. December 3d.--Crossed the Waynesboro Railroad three (3) miles north of Millen. The enemy having destroyed the bridges, the column was somewhat delayed. Encamped on Home Creek at four P. M., having marched fifteen and a half miles, the division being in advance. December 4th.--Division again in advance; crossed several streams ; country low ; marched fourteen miles. December 5th.--Marched at five P. M., having waited in camp for the other divisions to pass. The road was extremely bad, and but three (3) miles were made at eleven P. M., at which time the division went into camp. December 6th.--Marched at seven A. M., still in the rear. Roads very bad. Marched fourteen miles. December 7th.--Moved at seven A. M., still in rear, and encamped at ten P. M.., near Springfield. Country low and swampy, and roads bad. Marched fifteen miles. December 8th.--Leaving the wagon-trains in charge of Third division, my command moved through Springfield in rear of Second division. Marched sixteen miles. December 9th.--My command moved in advance, coming into the main Savannah road shortly after leaving camp. On arriving at Monteith Swamp about noon, the road was found very much obstructed by felled trees; beyond the portion of the road obstructed, the enemy had thrown up two redoubts, and in the more advanced one, had posted a piece of artillery, which commanded the road and prevented the removal of the obstructions. Having ordered Colonel Selfridge (commanding First brigade) to occupy the attention of the enemy in front, I sent the Second brigade (Colonel Carman commanding) to the right of the road, with instructions to advance well around the enemy's left and endeavor to get in his rear. At the same time I ordered Colonel Robinson, commanding Third brigade, to send three (3) regiments to the left of the road, to come up on the right flank of the enemy. Owing to the nature of the ground — a rice-swamp-Carman's brigade was unable to reach the desired position before the regiments of the Third brigade had debouched from the woods on the right of the enemy's works. The enemy fled after firing one volley, leaving their knapsacks and camp equipage, but succeeded in removing the piece of artillery. Four (4) prisoners were captured. My loss was one man killed and seven (7) wounded. The distance marched was nine miles. December 10th.--Struck the Charleston and Savannah Railroad at Monteith Station, ten miles from Savannah. After destroying three (3) miles of the track, my command advanced toward Savannah, following the Third division. When within five miles of the city, the enemy having been found in an intrenched position, by direction of the Brigadier-General commanding the corps, I placed my command in position with right resting on Savannah road. I then ordered Colonel Selfridge, whose brigade was on the left, to send a regiment with instructions to go, if possible, to the river. Afterward, it having been reported that this regiment was meeting with resistance, I ordered Selfridge to reeinforce it with another regiment. Owing, however, to the lateness of the hour at which the expedition started, it did not succeed in reaching the river. On the eleventh I ordered a reconnoissance to be made in front of my line, consisting of two regiments of Carman's brigade, under command of Colonel Cogswell, Second Massachusetts volunteers, which developed the enemy's position and the nature of the intervening ground. On the same day, by direction of the Brigadier-General commanding the corps, I directed Colonel Carman to send one regiment to Argyle Island to secure the stories and hold the rice-mills upon the Island. Pursuant to orders from headquarters of the corps, I also directed Colonel Robinson (commanding Third brigade) to send three regiments to the rear to protect the trains; and on the thirteenth, Colonel Robinson was directed to take the remainder of his brigade to the same position. On the fifteenth, the Second Massachusetts volunteers, Colonel Cogswell commanding, was ordered to report with his regiment to Colonel Hawley, on Argyle Island, and on the next day, pursuant to orders from headquarters of the corps, I directed Colonel Carman to move the remaining regiments of his brigade to Argyle Island, and from thence to the South-Carolina shore. Owing to the want of boats, the passage to the South-Carolina shore was made with great difficulty, and it was not until the nineteenth instant that the whole brigade had effected a landing on the Carolina shore, where it took up a position threatening the Charleston and Savannah road. Understanding that the object of this movement
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