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[78] forty-three muskets; one enlisted man supposed to be captured while out with a foraging detail.

The number of animals captured is as follows: Eleven (11) horses, twelve (12) mules, and about one hundred (100) cattle. There were also about twenty-five (25) negroes picked up on the march. During the time from starting from Atlanta, November fifteenth to December twenty-first, there was issued to the command, of Government rations, namely, thirteen (13) days' hard bread, twenty (20) days' coffee, fifteen (15) days' sugar, twenty-six (26) days' salt. There were also issued one thousand pounds of grain for the animals. The remainder needed by the regiment being foraged from the country.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. Watkins, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Regiment.


Lieutenant-Colonel J. B. Le Sage's Report.

headquarters one hundred and First regiment Illinois volunteer infantry, Savannah, Georgia, December 25, 1864.
Captain A. E. Lee, Assistant Adjutant-General of the Third Brigade, First Division, Twentieth Army Corps:
Captain: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the One Hundred and First regiment of Illinois volunteers, from the occupation of Atlanta by the United States forces, to the capture of the city of Savannah.

From the second of September, when Atlanta fell into the hands of the Union army, until the twenty-first of September, the regiment which I have the honor to command remained quietly in camp. On the twenty-first, it was detailed on duty in the fire department, and remained on that duty during the whole time that Atlanta was occupied by our forces. On the fifteenth of October, the regiment went with the brigade on a foraging expedition to Flat Shoals, on which expedition the regiment was gone four days, and loaded thirty-two wagons with forage. Again, on the twenty-sixth of October, the regiment went with the brigade on a foraging expedition to Berkshire Post-Office, remaining four days, and in conjunction with the Eighty-second Ohio veteran volunteers loading sixty wagons with forage. During the remainder of the time until the commencement of the recent expedition, the regiment remained quietly in camp.

On the morning of the fifteenth of November, the regiment left the city of Atlanta, or rather what was left of the city of Atlanta, and started on the great raid through Georgia, and marched on that day to Stone Mountain, a distance of about fourteen miles. On the sixteenth, during the morning, it tore up and destroyed about half a mile of the railroad track on the Atlanta and Augusta road, and then marched to the Yellow River about fifteen miles, reaching camp about two A. M. On the seventeenth, we marched about fifteen miles, encamping in the country about one o'clock A. M. On the eighteenth, we marched, passing through Social Circle about noon, and proceeding nearly to Madison, making in all about fifteen miles. On the nineteenth, we marched through Madison, and proceeded on the Eatonton road, making about ten miles. On the twentieth, we marched toward Eatonton about ten miles, reaching a point about four miles from Eatonton. On the twenty-first, we marched through Eatonton and on toward Milledgeville, making about fifteen miles. On the twenty-second, we marched about eleven miles to Milledgeville; and on the twenty-third remained there. On the twenty-fourth, marched toward Hebron, about fifteen miles. On the twenty-fifth, the regiment was the leading regiment of the corps. We marched about four miles until we reached Buffalo Creek where the series of bridges were found to have been destroyed. The regiment was engaged for a while in repairing these bridges. About noon a party of rebel cavalry having been stirred up across the creek, the right wing of the regiment was sent across to attend to them. About two o'clock, the bridges being completed, we crossed over, where one of the companies rejoined us, and the other four were left to guard the crossing, until the Second division of the corps should come over. With six companies we marched ahead about two miles farther, when a brisk cavalry skirmish was stirred up in front, and a large number of “bummers” made a rapid retreat from the front. The regiment was promptly formed in line of battle to the right of the road, and then advanced about two hundred yards, when we were ordered to encamp for the night. On the twenty-sixth, we marched toward Sandersville. After proceeding about two miles, the regiment was sent to the right about half a mile, to dislodge some guerrillas, which we did, and we also destroyed a gin and about one hundred bales of cotton, after which we rejoined the column and marched to Sandersville, and thence to Powers's on the Macon and Savannah Railroad, where we encamped for the night, having marched about twelve miles. On the twenty-seventh, we marched to Davisboro, a distance of about twenty miles, having to make a detour to avoid a swamp. On the twenty-eighth, we marched along the railroad to Spiers's, tearing up the track to within three miles of that place. I am unable to state how much the regiment tore up during the day, but should say, that of eleven regiments engaged in the destruction of seven miles, it did its full proportion. On the twenty-ninth, we went back about three miles, and finished the destruction of the railroad to Spiers's, doing about one sixth of the destruction. We then marched in the direction of Louisville about twelve miles. On the thirtieth, we marched to where the Third division was in camp, about two and a half miles east of Louisville, on the eastern side of the Ogeechee River, having made a march of about eighteen miles. On the first of December, we marched in the direction of Millen, about fifteen miles, reaching camp about one o'clock A. M. On the second, we marched about fifteen miles to Buckhead Church. On the third, we marched about fifteen miles, passing about three miles north of Millen, and marching in the direction of Sylvania. On


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