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[54] November passed through Milledgeville, crossed the Oconee, and encamped on the east bank.

On the twenty-third, the regiment destroyed one mile of the railroad leading to the Georgia Central. On the twenty-fourth November, we moved from Milledgeville via, Hebron, Sandersville to Tennille, where we encamped the night of twenty-sixth November. Near Sandersville, there was some skirmishing, and the regiment was moved forward on the double-quick, with aid of Colonel Robinson's brigade, but the enemy fled, and the regiment was not engaged.

On the twenty-seventh November, we moved to Davisboro. The twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth November, in connection with other troops we destroyed all the Georgia Railroad from Davisboro to Bostwick, with trifling exceptions.

This regiment effectually destroyed three (3) miles of road, tearing up and burning the ties, and twisting the rails.

November the thirtieth, the Ogeechee was crossed without opposition, and we encamped for the night about four miles south of Louisville. Pushing south-easterly, we passed through Springfield on the eighth December. The march was much impeded near this place by the marshy nature of the ground, rendering it very difficult to move the trains of wagons and artillery.

On the ninth day of December, the First brigade, First division, being in advance, at a point near Harrison's plantation, about four (4) miles from the Savannah and Charleston Railroad, and fourteen (14) miles from Savannah, when the road passed through a difficult marsh, the road was found blockaded by felled trees, and a redoubt, with a piece of artillery, planted to command the defile. The regiment, with the rest of the brigade, forced its way through a dense jungle and marshy ground to the left of the road, and as soon as it could be formed on solid ground, the brigade advanced in line upon the enemy's works. Alarmed by our near approach, or that of the cooperating forces, the enemy fled, and we encamped for the night. On the tenth December, we moved upon Savannah and meeting the enemy, we went into position about four and a half (4 1/2) miles from the city, between the Savannah and Augusta pike and the river, a flooded rice-swamp and canal in our front, with a narrow belt of timber intervening. With the exception of a slight alteration in position, we remained here until the twenty-first December, subjected at all hours of the day and night to a heavy fire from the enemy's batteries; but, thanks to fortune or their unskilful artillerists, nearly every shell flew harmlessly over our heads. As the day dawned on the twenty-first, it was discovered that the enemy had evacuated the works in our front. The regiment was at once placed under arms, and soon after crossed the swamp, and entered the enemy's works; and later in the day, went into the camp assigned it on the banks of the Savannah River, just outside the city, where it is now resting from its labors.

During this movement, the subsistence stores have been gathered almost exclusively from the country. Sweet potatoes have supplied the place of bread; and beef and pork, gathered in the country, have supplied the usual army rations of meat. Beside what was consumed at the time, twenty (20) odd beef cattle were turned over by the regiiment to the Commissary Subsistence of the brigade, and a number of fine mules and horses to the Brigade Quartermaster. During the ten (10) days before the city, rice was issued instead of bread or potatoes. Ten (10) days' rations of hard bread, and three and a half (3 1/2) days of salt meat were the only issues of those rations brought from Atlanta up to the time of entering Savannah.

Fourteen (14) officers and seventy-three (73) men having been detached for various duties in the corps, the regiment left Atlanta on the fifteenth November with eighteen (18) officers and four hundred and forty-seven (447) men, and entered Savannah on the twenty-first December with eighteen (18) officers and four hundred and forty-six (446) men, the only loss during the campaign being one (1) man, Edward Phair, a private of company B, who, straggling from the regiment near Madison, was probably captured by the enemy's cavalry.

The health and physical vigor of the command has not only been preserved, but greatly improved during the campaign, and the troops are now, with the exception of clothing, of which they are in great need, better fitted for active service than when they left Atlanta.

While the highest state of discipline could not be preserved from the peculiar character of the movement, I take pleasure in saying that under circumstances of extraordinary temptation, this command has, in a great measure, been preserved from the vices of straggling and marauding. Both officers and men have always exhibited a cheerful willingness to perform every duty imposed on them, and a large share of that unquestioning confidence in the leader of this army, which is so important an element inthe success of military movements.

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

James C. Rogers, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding.

Colonel Carman's Report.

headquarters Second brigade, First division, Twentieth corps, near Savannah, Georgia, December 27, 1864.
Lieutenant George Robinson, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, First Division, Twentieth Corps:
sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Second brigade, First division, Twentieth corps, left wing, army of Georgia, in the campaign from Atlanta to Savannah.

On the second day of September, 1864, by orders from Brigadier-General Williams, commanding First division, Twentieth corps, a reconnoissance was sent out from our camp near Turner's Ferry, on the Chattahoochee, to Atlanta, under command of colonel N. M. Crane, One Hundred

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