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[55] and Seventh New-York volunteer infantry. They entered the city without opposition, the enemy having evacuated during the previous night.

The brigade, consisting of the Second Massachusetts volunteer infantry, Third Wisconsin volunteer infantry, Thirteenth New-Jersey volunteer infantry, Twenty-seventh Indiana volunteer infantry, One Hundred and Seventh New-York volunteer infantry, and One Hundred and Fiftieth New-York volunteer infantry, soon followed and took position in the abandoned rebel breast-works on the north-east side of the city, the right upon the Decatur road.

By order of Major-General Slocum, the Second Massachusetts volunteer infantry was detached as provost-guard of the city, and Colonel William Cogswell commanding, made Post Commander.

September fifth, by order from headquarters Twentieth corps, the One Hundred and Seventh New-York volunteer infantry, Colonel N. M. Crane, were ordered to report to Colonel A. Beckwith, Chief Commissary of Subsistence, military division of the Mississippi, for duty in the city.

The two regiments above named remained on such duties during the occupation of Atlanta.

October 4.--The brigade moved over to the north side of the city, and took position in the rebel earthworks from the Marietta road to the Sandtown road.

October 11.--Accompanied a forage expedition under command of Brigadier-General Geary, in conjunction with a brigade from Second division; marched to Flat Shoals, eighteen miles from Atlanta, loaded five hundred wagons principally with corn and oats, and returned to the city October fourteenth.

October 22.--Ordered by Major-General Slocum, commanding Twentieth corps, to proceed with the brigade and reinforce Colonel Dustin, of the Third division, commanding a forage-train of eight hundred wagons, guarded by three (3) brigades and two batteries, the expedition being threatened by the enemy's cavalry; moved down upon the right flank of the train to Flat Rock, and encamped for the night.

October 23.--Marched through Lithonia to Latimer's, finding a few rebel scouts and dispersing them; found the train near Latimer's loaded with corn. I assumed command of the expedition and moved to Decatur, camping there for the night.

October 24.--Moved into the city without accident and took our old position.

November 5.--The brigade with the Twentieth corps moved out upon McDonough road, about two and a half miles, and encamped for the night.

November 6.--It returned to old camp in Atlanta.

November 9.--A brigade of rebel cavalry, with a light battery, attacked the Second division on my left, but were soon repulsed. The brigade was then ordered by Brigadier-General Williams, commanding First division, to move out and endeavor to overtake them; moved down to Turner's Ferry, on the Chattahoochee River, and back via Sandtown road, not finding the enemy.

November 13.--The brigade moved out on the Chattanooga Railroad, midway between Atlanta and the Chattahoochee River, and destroyed three and a half miles of track, by burning ties and bending the rails.

November 15.--The brigade, with the exception of the Second Massachusetts volunteer infantry, which was left to destroy the public property in the city, and accompany the Fourteenth corps until such time as it could rejoin its brigade, took up its line of march with the division and corps to which it belongs, marched to Stone Mountain and encamped for the night.

November 16.--It crossed Yellow River and Rock Bridge, and encamped two miles from east bank.

November 17.--Crossed Big and Little Haynes Creeks and encamped near Sheffield.

November 18.--In compliance with orders issued from Major-General Sherman, previous to starting on this campaign, I detailed a forage party, consisting of two companies from each regiment, with directions to proceed along each side of the road, keeping within one half-mile of the column, and collect what subsistence they could find, for the use of the brigade. One detachment of forty-three men, under command of Captain G. W Reed, all from the One Hundred and Seventh New-York volunteers, did not return. I have since learned they were captured by the enemy, five or six miles from the column. Passed through Social Circle and Rutledge this day, and encamped four miles from Madison.

November 19.--The brigade marched through Madison, and encamped four miles east of that place.

November 20.--It marched to within four miles of Eatonton.

November 21.--It passed through Eatonton and marched to Little River.

November 22.--Marched to Milledgeville, the capital of Georgia. When within one mile of the city, the Third Wisconsin and One Hundred and Seventh New-York volunteers were sent forward as guard to the city, Colonel William Hawley, Third Wisconsin volunteers, being appointed Post Commander. The brigade then marched through the city, crossed the Oconee River, encamping near it. The State arsenal and a large amount of public property was destroyed at this place, for particulars of which, I respectfully refer to report of Colonel Hawley, commanding Third Wisconsin volunteer infantry, and also to appendix to this report, marked C.

November 23.--Remained in camp at Milledgeville. Second Massachusetts volunteers joined the brigade here.

November 24.--The brigade marched to within three miles of Hebron Post-Office.

November 25.--It crossed Buffalo Creek, and marched to within four miles of Sandersville.

November 26.--The brigade this day had the advance, moved out of camp at half-past 6 A. M., and after marching two miles, the Ninth Illinois


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