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[69] had been secreted in the woods, and were burned by my orders.

Respectfully submitted.

William Hawley, Colonel Third Regiment, Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry. Captain J. R. Lindsay, A. A.A. G., Second Brigade, First Division, Twentieth Army Corps.


Colonel Robinson's Report.

headquarters Third brigade, First division, Twentieth corps, near Savannah, Ga., December 28, 1864.
Lieutenant George Robinson, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General First Division:
Lieutenant: I have the honor to submit the following report of the services and operations of this brigade from the occupation of the city of Atlanta down to the capture and occupation of Savannah.

On the fifth of September, the entire brigade was encamped near Atlanta, Georgia, having marched to that place from Montgomery Ferry, on the Chattahoochee River, on the day previous. At this time and up to the twenty-seventh, at which date I rejoined the brigade from sick-leave, it was commanded by Colonel Horace Boughton, of the One Hundred and Forty-third New-York volunteers. From this officer I have received no report, and shall therefore limit myself to the time of actual command.

On the twenty-eighth, by order of Brigadier-General A. S. Williams, commanding division, I formally resumed command of the brigade. I found the troops at this time in good health, with tidy, well-policed camp, and well supplied with clothing, arms, and food. Daily drills in company and battalion tactics had been established, under which exercise the troops seemed to be rapidly improving in discipline and efficiency.

On the fourth of October, the Twentieth corps, having been charged with the sole occupation and defence of Atlanta, a new chain of defences around the city was commenced. A detail of seven officers and three hundred and fifty men to work upon these fortifications was now required from and daily furnished by my brigade. This work was continued with but little interruption on the part of my command down to the fifteenth. On that date the brigade was designated to accompany a foraging expedition, consisting of three brigades of infantry, a division of cavalry, a battery of artillery, and seven hundred and thirty-three wagons, sent out on the following day, and to the command of which I had the honor to be appointed. The infantry, the Third brigade, First division; the Second brigade, Second division, and the Second brigade, third division; the artillery, Captain Sloan's battery and the train under charge of Captain E. A. Graves, Assistant Quartermaster, rendezvoused on the Decatur road at six o'clock A. M. The expedition marched at half-past 6 A. M., and was joined at one P. M. by Colonel Garrard's division of cavalry at Avery's Cross-Roads. The head of the column encamped at Flat Shoals at seven P. M., and by ten P. M. was joined by all the troops and trains. On the seventeenth, leaving the Third brigade of the First division and two sections of artillery in charge of about four hundred wagons at Flat Shoals, I took the remainder of the troops and wagons,, and marched down the left bank of the South-River in quest of forage. Though the country was poor and unproductive, I succeeded in loading most of the train by night-fall. On the following day, the eighteenth, leaving the Second brigade, Third division, and two sections of artillery at Flat Shoals in charge of the loaded wagons, with the remainder of the troops and wagons I crossed South-River. Here I found a country more fertile than that foraged the day previous, and succeeded without difficulty in obtaining enough corn to load the entire train. A slight resistance offered by the enemy's cavalry was easily overcome without loss. The expedition at nightfall rejoined in safety the detachment left at Flat Shoals, and on the next day, the nineteenth, returned to Atlanta. The quantity of corn brought in amounted to about (11,000) eleven thousand bushels. The troops obtained besides this a considerable quantity of fresh beef, fresh pork, poultry, sweet potatoes, and other species of provisions. The immediate command of my brigade during this expedition was intrusted to Lieutenant-Colonel E. S Salomon, of the Eighty-second Illinois volunteers, who was the senior officer present. I take pleasure in acknowledging the efficiency and zeal, with which Lieutenant-Colonel Salomon discharged the duty thus devolving upon him.

On the twenty-first, the work on the fortifications was resumed by my brigade, which furnished a detail of two hundred men for that purpose. On the twenty-fourth, this detail was reduced to one hundred men. On the twenty-fifth, I received an order to join with my brigade a foraging expedition to be sent out on the following day under the command of Brigadier-General Geary. According to directions my command reported to General Geary on the Decatur road at six A. M., on the twenty-sixth, and was assigned, in connection with a battery of artillery, to the duty of covering the rear of the column. Passing through Decatur at eleven A. M., my command reached Stone Mountain at half-past 9 P. M. Early on the twenty-seventh, by General Geary's direction, I sent out two regiments, the One Hundred and First Illinois and Eighty-second Ohio veteran volunteers, to assist in loading wagons with corn. They returned to camp at half-past 6 P. M., having succeeded, in spite of the very inclement weather and prowling detachments of hostile cavalry, in loading one hundred and ninety-six wagons.

On the twenty-eighth, by direction of General Geary, I proceeded with my brigade, a section of artillery, a battalion of cavalry, and about three hundred wagons, across Yellow River, in the direction of Lawrenceville. I found here a productive country, and had no difficulty in loading the entire train. My command returned toward Buckshin at three P. M., crossing Yellow River upon a bridge, which, though partly burned by the enemy the day previous, was nevertheless easily rendered passable for the train. The column


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