in reserve, in rear of the One Hundred and Fiftieth New-York volunteers, and about a mile from the rebel works. December 11.--Moved at seven P. M. from the second line of the front; encamped in line of battle. December 12.---Took position in line of battle to left of and between Savannah turnpike and river, and to the north of Pipemaker's Creek. December 13.--Threw up breastworks in front of regiment. December 16.--Crossed Savannah River at Cummings's Ferry, to Argyle Island, in flat-boats. We threw up breastworks on the north-east side of island. December 19.---According to order, this regiment, together with the Second Massachusetts and Third Wisconsin volunteers, crossed to the South-Carolina shore at seven A. M. in flat-boats. Skirmishers were thrown out; the regiment took position to protect the right; the right, resting on Hog Island Creek, landed on South-Carolina shore, near Izard's Mill. Our regiment was then moved further to the left, to Smith's House, Beech Hill, where it threw up breastworks; one company being sent to Colonel Hawley, to assist in capturing a hill. December 20.--Three companies joined with other detachments, under command of Colonel Hawley, to make reconnaissance. Late in the afternoon were severely shelled by gunboat in river. During night, heard much noise, as of moving of troops in our front, which was afterward found to be the evacuation of Savannah. December 21.--Crossed river to Argyle Island, and part of regiment over to Georgia shore. December 22.--Crossed balance of regiment to Georgia shore, and marched seven miles south to two miles from Savannah, taking position near river, and opposite Hutchinson Island. I am, sir, with much respect, your obedient servant,
Fred. H. Harris, Major Commanding Thirteenth New-Jersey Volunteers.
List of Casualties to Thirteenth New-Jersey Volunteers during campaign ending with occupation of Savannah. November 6.--Private Martin Gruber, company F, deserted or captured on march. November 22.--Private Euseph Meyer, company F, deserted or captured on march. November 26.--Private James Peterson, company C, wounded, knee, severe, near Sandersville. November 26.---Private John M. Hill, company C, wounded, thigh, severe, near Sandersville. December 10.--Private George Hohing, company F, wounded, finger, slight, on railroad. December 18.--Private John Keough, company E, wounded, hand, severe, accident.
Colonel Hawley's Report.
headquarters Third Wisconsin veteran volunteer infantry, near Savannah, Ga., December 25, 1864.Captain: I have the honor to submit the following as the report of the operations of this regiment from the occupation of Atlanta, Georgia, September second, 1864, to the present date. On the day of the occupation of Atlanta, my regiment went into camp with the brigade on the east side of the city, near the Augusta Railroad. It occupied this position until October seventeenth, when it marched on an expedition for forage, with a body of troops under command of Brigadier-General Geary. The regiment was absent four days on this expedition, and marched, in all, fifty miles. I have no means of knowing the amount of supplies obtained. On returning to the city, the regiment went into camp on the north-west side of the city, near the Chattanooga Railroad. While there, the time was mainly occupied in picket-duty, drill, etc. On the twenty-second of October, it went on another foraging expedition, under command of Colonel E. A. Carman, which lasted three days. The distance marched was forty-four miles. The amount of supplies obtained was unknown to me. On returning, the regiment went into its old camp. November 2.--The regiment marched, with the Thirteenth New-Jersey, One Hundred and Fiftieth New-York, and Twenty-seventh Indiana, of the same brigade, with one section of artillery and a small body of cavalry — all the force being under the command of Colonel E. A. Carman--on a reconnaissance in the direction of the Chattahoochee River. We returned the same day, without meeting with either enemy or casualty. The whole distance marched was fifteen miles. November 13.--The regiment moved in the direction of Chattahoochee Bridge, five miles, and assisted in the destruction of the railroad from that point to Atlanta. Distance marched, ten miles. Amount of road destroyed not known. November 15.--Started with the balance of the army on the expedition to this city. Passed through Decatur, and went into camp on the railroad near Stone Mountain. Distance marched, fourteen miles. November 16.--Marched seven miles, and went into camp near Yellow River. November 17.--Marched fourteen miles, and went into camp near Gum Creek. November 18.--Marched eighteen miles, and camped near Social Circle. November 19.--Marched twelve miles, passing through Madison, and arriving in camp at an early hour. Here I was directed by the Colonel commanding brigade to conduct an expedition into the country for supplies; furnishing me, for this purpose, four wagons. On this expedition, I marched eight miles, and loaded my wagons with molasses, hogs, bacon, and potatoes. These supplies were turned over to the Brigade Commissary. November 20.--Marched ten miles toward Eatonton. November 21.--Marched twelve miles, passing through Eatonton, and went into camp at Dennis Station. November 22.--Marched thirteen miles to Milledgeville. Arriving near the city, the corps was halted, and, by direction of Major-General commanding