after dark, when I was ordered to return to camp. From the ninth to the fifteenth of November nothing of importance occurred. The foraging expeditions, while at Atlanta, yielded to my brigade thirty thousand pounds of corn and fifty-five thousand two hundred and thirty pounds of fodder, besides large quantities of provisions which were captured by the men and no record kept of the amounts. Sixty-six negroes came into our lines at Atlanta, on the picket-line of my brigade, some of whom were sent to the quartermaster, while others were retained as officers' servants. On the morning of November fifteenth, we started from Atlanta en route for Savannah. My brigade was the leading one of the corps, and moved toward Decatur at seven A. M., passed through that town, and after travelling about fourteen miles in an easterly direction, encamped for the night near Stone Mountain. November sixteenth, moved from camp this afternoon at one P. M., and, after a march of about ten miles, encamped for the night near Rockbridge. November seventeenth, moved from near Rockbridge at nine A. M., travelled about fifteen miles toward Social Circle, and encamped at twelve midnight. November eighteenth, started from encampment at ten A. M., reached Social Circle at two P. M., where my brigade halted for dinner. The brigade was in the extreme rear of the corps, acting as rear-guard; marched about nineteen miles, and encamped near Rutledge at ten P. M. November nineteenth, started from near Rutledge at nine A. M., passed through Madison at eleven A. M., and encamped at five P. M. a few miles south of that place on the Milledgeville road, after marching about eight miles. November twentieth, moved toward Eatonton this morning at nine A. M., and encamped about five miles from Eatonton, after marching ten miles. This days's march was a very severe one, owing to the muddy nature of the roads. More or less rain during the entire day and evening. Nevember twenty-first, moved from our encampment at nine A. M., and passed through Eatonton about noon-roads in very bad condition-travelled twelve miles, and encamped at twelve midnight fourteen miles from Milledgeville. November twenty-second, my brigade entered Milledgeville at four P. M., without opposition, crossed the Oconee River, and encamped close to the city at five P. M. November twenty-third, pursuant to orders from division headquarters, this brigade marched through the city of Milledgeville at one P. M., to the Milledgeville and Gordon Railroad, five miles of which we completely destroyed by burning and bending the rails. Returned to camp at nine P. M. November twenty-fourth, resumed our march this morning at seven o'clock, and after travelling about fourteen niles, went into camp near Hebron, at four P. M. Roads very much improved, weather cold and clear. November twenty-fifth, started this morning promptly at six o'clock; reached Buffalo Swamp at eight A. M. Found that the bridges (nine in number) had been destroyed by the enemy's cavalry. Were detained here till two P. M., by which time the bridges were rebuilt, and we passed quietly over the swamp, and after marching about five miles, encamped at five P. M. November twenty-sixth, entered Sandersville this morning at eleven o'clock. Moved to Tennille Station at two Pm.., and destroyed about two miles of railroad, together with large government warehouses, the railroad depot, and sixty-two bales of cotton. November twenty-seventh, marched toward Davisboro at six A. M., and reached that place at four P. M., where we encamped, after marching about twelve miles. November twenty-eighth, brigade moved to the Georgia Central Railroad, and assisted in destroying the track, etc., from Davisboro to Spears Station, a distance of twelve miles. Arrived at Spears and encamped at seven P. M. November twenty-ninth, continued destroying the railroad at seven A. M., and reached Bostwick Station about six P. M., after having destroyed eight miles of road. November thirtieth, started this morning toward Louisville at nine o'clock, and after marching ten miles, encamped within two miles of Louisville. December first. Pursuant to orders from division headquarters, I reported with my brigade to Brigadier-General Ward, commanding Third division, Twentieth corps, who placed my brigade as guard alongside his wagon-train, which was in rear of the corps. After travelling about five miles, we encamped with the third division. December second, started at daylight in the same order as yesterday, marched about twelve miles, and got into camp at six P. M. Received orders from General Jackson to join the First division at six o'clock the following morning. December third, brigade started at half-past 5 A. M., and joined the First division, which was two miles in advance, at six A. M. Travelled about fourteen miles, and encamped near Horse Creek at four P. M. December fourth, started this morning at six o'clock, and after marching through a desolate piny country for fifteen miles, encamped near Little Ogeechee River at four P. M. December fifth, did not move till four P..M. Very bad roads; marched four miles, and encamped about midnight. December sixth, started at six A. M., marched about ten miles, and encamped near Smoke's House at six P. M. December seventh, resumed our march at ten A. M., having the rear of the corps. Passed through one continuous swamp, twelve miles in length, and reached camp near Springfield on the following morning at two o'clock, the most tedious and unpleasant march during the campaign-rain during the entire day. December eighth, resumed our march at seven A. M., and after marching twelve miles through a flat, swampy country, encamped at dark about twenty miles north-west of Savannah. December ninth, brigade moved at seven A. M., in advance of the corps. After travelling about seven miles, we came to a portion of the road which had been most effectually obstructed by slashed timber which extended about two hundred yards,
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