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[89] 2 and 3 continued working through the night, the enemy shelling them heavily.

December 21.--After three o'clock this morning the firing ceased, and my pickets advancing to the enemy's line, found them hastily retreating. Having possession of their line of works, with all their cannon in front of my own and the other division of the corps, I immediately sent a staff-officer to notify the General commanding, and at the same time pushed forward rapidly in the direction of Savannah, hoping to overtake and capture a part of the enemy's force. My skirmishers deployed and swept over all the ground between the evacuated works and the Ogeechee Canal, from the river to the Augusta road, while my main body of troops marched rapidly by the flank through McAlpin's plantation to the Augusta road and on into the city. Just outside of the city limits, near the junction of the Louisville and Augusta roads, I met the Mayor of Savannah and a delegation from the Board of Aldermen, bearing a flag of truce. From them I received, in the name of my Commanding General, the surrender of the city. This was at half-past 4 A. M., and I sent immediately another staff-officer to announce the surrender to the General commanding the corps.

He had considerable difficulty in passing the line of another division of this corps, on the Augusta road, but finally convinced them that he belonged to the Twentieth corps and not to the enemy. In the mean time, my entire division entered the city of Savannah at early dawn, and before the sun first gilded the morning clouds our national colors, side by side with those of my own division, were unfurled from the dome of the Exchange and over the United States Custom-House. Barnum's brigade, which led in entering the city, was at once ordered to patrol it, reduce it to order and quiet, and prevent any pillaging or lawlessness on the part either of soldiers or citizens. My orders on the subject were very strict, and within a few hours this city — in which I had found a lawless mob of low whites and negroes, pillaging and setting fire to property — was reduced to order. Many millions of dollars' worth of cotton, ordnance, and commissary stores, etc., which would otherwise have been destroyed, were saved to the United States Government, and the citizens once more enjoyed security under the protection of that flag which again waved over them, exactly four years since the passage by the State of South-Carolina of the secession act. Two regiments from Pardee's brigade, the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania and Twenty-ninth Ohio veteran volunteers, were sent down to Fort Jackson, and early in the morning had possession of it and all the intermediate and surrounding works. The iron-plated ram Savannah, which lay in the river below the city, threw a few shells at these two regiments as they flung the Stars and Stripes to the breeze from the walls of Fort Jackson. All the other gunboats of the enemy had been fired by them, and burned to the water's edge. On the arrival of the Major-General commanding the left wing, I was, by his order, placed in command of the city. Until nearly ten A. M., continued firing was heard in the direction of Beaulieu; and supposing that a portion of the enemy might still be south of us, I kept one brigade under arms during the forenoon.

Three rebel flags were captured by my command, which will be duly forwarded.

The following table will exhibit, as near as possible, the amount of public property taken possession of by my command on the morning of the twenty-first December.

 In enemy's front line.In City of Savannah.In Forts below the City, including Fort Jackson.Total.
Steamboats, 3 3
Schooner, unfinished, 1 1
Locomotives, 13 13
Cars, 230 230
Bales Cotton, 25,000 25,000
Tierces Rice, 4,000 4,000
Bushels Corn, 2,000 2,000
Feet Lumber, 55,000 55,000
Heavy pieces Artillery,618895
Light Artillery, (pieces,)5139
Muskets, 479 479
Rounds fixed Ammunition, (artillery,) 2,5244022,926
Rounds fixed Ammunition, (infantry,) 44,000 44,000
Shot and Shell, 7,0604,48311,543
Powder, (pounds,) 1,600501,650
Other Ordnance & Ordnance Stores,    
Artillery Harness, (boxes,) 31 31
Gun-Slings, 781 781
Copper, (boxes,) 6 6
Plate-Tin, (boxes,) 10 10
Fuse-Plugs, 14,456 14,456
Sabots, 5,619 5,619
Chocks, 44 44
Sabre Knots, 360 360
Vent Covers, 126 126
Tompions, (artillery,) 100 100
Saddle-Bags, 257 257
Cartridge-Boxes, (infantry,) 440 440
Cartridge-Boxes, (artillery,) 200 200
Bayonet-Scabbards, 2,000 2,000
Waist-Belts, 940 940
Sabre-Belts, 600 600
Leg-Guards, 125 125
Rifle-Boots, 168 168
Shoulder-Belts, 447 447
Port Fires, 1,350 1,350
Glass, (boxes,) 3 1/2 3 1/2
Machine Oil, (keg,) 1 1
Lamp Oil, (can,) 1 1
Parrot Oil, (bbl.,) 1 1
Tar, (can,) 1 1
Rope, (coils,) 2 2
Soft Solder, (lbs.,) 100 100
Cotton Twine, (lbs.,) 35 35
Lanterns, 110 110
Equipments, (artillery,)No. & names unknown.
Matting,Large quantity.
White twilled Flannel, (bale,) 1 1
Zinc, (case,) 1 1
Gun Stocks, in rough,Several hundred.
Nails, (kegs,) 38 38
Flints, (box,) 1/2 1/2
Sabres, (artillery,) 500 500
Roller Buckles, (gross,) 4 4
White Cartridge-Paper, (gross,) 50 50
Brown Cartridge-Paper, (reams,) 7 7
Horse-Brushes, 1,400 1,400
Curry-Combs, 850 850
Rolls, 100 100
Friction Tubes, 7,500 7,500
Priming Tubes, 1,010 1,010
Appendages Small-Arms,Large quantity.
Powder-Flasks, 100 100
Slow-Match, (feet,) 5,400 5,400
Slow-Match, (coils,) 123 123
Sensitive Tubes, 1,000 1,000
Horse-Shoe Nails, (lbs.,) 16 16
Friction Primers, 342 342
Bullet-Moulds, 500 500
Appendages, Artillery,No. & names unknown.
Tarred Links, 1,500 1,500
Oil, (bottles,) 1,200 1,200
Fuse, Artillery Am., 2,060 2,060
Wrapping-Paper, (bale,) 1 1
Axe-Helves, 50 50
Spades, 15 15
Picks, 10 10
Buckles, Rings, etc.,Large quantity.
Hemp Twine, (bag,) 1 1
Bayonets, 140 140
Signal-Rockets, 580 580
Hand-Spikes, (artillery,) 700 700

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