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[75] regiments and the officers of my staff deserve and are tendered my sincere thanks for their ready cooperation in every laudable undertaking and their earnest zeal in carrying out my orders. But the soldiers and officers of my command need no praise from me. Their own achievements are their highest encomium, and the united admiration of their countrymen their best reward. These are already theirs, and neither my pen nor voice can add any thing to them.

In conclusion, I have the honor to add the following list of the regiments composing my brigade and the officers commanding them during the campaign:

Thirty-first Wisconsin volunteers, Colonel Francis H. West; Eighty-second Ohio veteran Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel David Thomson; One Hundred and Forty-third New-York volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Hezekiah Watkins; One Hundred and First Illinois volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel John B. Le Sage; Eighty-second Illinois volunteers, Major F. H. Rolshausen; Sixty-first Ohio veteran volunteers, Captain John Garrett.

The officers of my staff were as follows:

Captain A. E. Lee, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General; Captain Benj. Reynolds, Acting Assistant Inspector-General; Captain F. S. Wallace, Topographical Engineer; Captain Charles Salamann, Acting Commissary Subsistence; Captain W. T. George, Acting Assistant Quartermaster; Surgeon H. K. Spooner, Surgeon-in-Chief; Captain Cyrus Herrick, Acting Aid-de-Camp; Captain Myron H. Lamb, Acting Aid-de-Camp; Lieutenant Charles M. Lockwood, Acting Assistant Provost-Marshal.

The following casualties and losses occurred in my brigade during the campaign:

One (1) enlisted man killed in action, four (4) deserted, one (1) missing in action, four (4) injured in destroying railroad, two (2) captured while foraging, making an aggregate loss of sixteen enlisted men. Respectfully your obedient servant,

J. S. Robinson, Colonel Commanding Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry.


Colonel F. H. West's Report.

headquarters Thirty-First Wisconsin volunteers, Third brigade, First division, Twentieth army corps, Savannah, Georgia, December 25, 1864.
Captain A. E. Lee, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Third Brigade, First Division, Twentieth Army Corps:
Captain: I have the honor to make the following report of operations of this regiment from the time of the occupation of Atlanta to this date.

During the occupation of Atlanta nothing of especial interest occurred in the regiment. It was engaged in the ordinary guard-duty and in drilling and preparing for a new campaign, and also furnishing heavy details to work on fortifications. It twice during the time accompanied foraging expeditions to the vicinity of Stone Mountain and Yellow River, once under command of Colonel Robinson, commanding Third brigade, and once under command of General Geary, commanding Second division, Twentieth corps. On each of these occasions some eight hundred wagon-loads of forage were obtained.

Of the campaign from Atlanta to Savannah, the history of the regiment is so inseparably connected with that of the brigade to which it belongs, that it is difficult to make a special report of its operations. Leaving Atlanta at seven o'clock A. M., November fifteenth, with effective enlisted men and officers, our march was continuous, triumphant, and almost uninterrupted through the rich and well-settled districts of Georgia by the way of Decatur, Social Circle, Madison, Milledgeville, Eatonton, Sandersville, Millen, Louisville, and Springfield, to within five miles of Savannah, where we arrived on the tenth instant, followed by a large number of negroes, which had been gradually accumulating as we advanced through the country; but as none of them were especial followers of my regiment, I cannot claim to have brought in any certain number. It was noticeable that they were all very much delighted at the approach of the army, although but few of them had ever seen a “Yank” before.

There was much appearance of wealth among nearly all the inhabitants living on the line of our march, and we found great abundance of corn, beef, mutton, sweet potatoes, poultry, molasses, and honey along the whole route, upon which the regiment subsisted entirely,with the exception of about ten days rations of hard bread and full rations of sugar, coffee, and salt, which were issued immediately previous to and during the march. We also captured ten very large fine mules and about thirty inferior mules and horses, which were used in packing supplies, and were subsisted, as were our private and public animals, from forage we obtained from the inhabitants.

During the march we, in company with the balance of the brigade, assisted in destroying a large amount of the Georgia Central Railroad, in the vicinity of Stone Mountain, Spiers Station, and Jonesboro, and also of the Charleston Railroad at and near Monteith. The amount destroyed by my regiment I am unable to give.

Great attempts were made by the enemy to impede our progress by destroying bridges, felling timber in the road, etc., but this caused but little delay, as our efficient pioneer corps soon cleared away all obstructions and rebuilt the bridges. We met with no resistance in force until we arrived at Turkey Roost Swamp, fifteen miles from Savannah. This is an almost impenetrable morass, many miles in extent, densely covered with brush and vines interspersed with deep sloughs. Across this, the road has been built. On a little elevation on the opposite side, at a place known as Harrison's Field, and immediately commanding the road across the morass, which is about five hundred yards wide, and which had been very heavily obstructed, the enemy had built two strong redoubts, which were defended by artillery and about five hundred infantry, with which they resolutely disputed our farther progress. The First and Second


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