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[96] without incident to within two (2) miles of Bostwick Station, when we halted, at seven P. M., for the night. Distance marched, eighteen (18) miles.

November 30.--Started on the march again at a quarter to seven A. M. Marched quick and through swampy ground, until two P. M., when we halted at the plantation of Dr. Blake, a great slave-holder, having at this time some three hundred (300) slaves on his plantation, mostly women. We left here at four P. M., and marched to join the corps at Miller's plantation, where we arrived at half-past 6 P. M. Distance marched, ten (10) miles.

December 1.--This day's march was without incident. We left Miller's plantation at a quarter to eight A. M., and marched until two P. M., when we halted for dinner. Started again at four P. M. and marched until seven P. M., when we halted for the night, after marching twelve (12) miles.

December 2.--Left camp at a quarter to seven A. M., and marched until twelve M., when we halted for dinner. Started at one P. M., and marched past Jones's plantation; we crossed Buckhead Creek and camped at half-past 3 P. M. The Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania, with two hundred (200) of the Fifth Ohio volunteer infantry, picket for the division, posted pickets, and passed the night without incident. Distance marched, ten (10) miles.

December 3.--Started again at two P. M., and after tedious marching through swamps and in the rain, halting about every one hundred (100) steps, we stopped at half-past 6 A. M., of the fourth. Distance marched, twelve (12) miles, in direction east, south-east, and north-east of Millen, crossing Little Buckhead Creek, having marched, all night, a distance of twelve (12) miles.

December 4.--Started at half-past 9 A. M., and marched until eleven A. M. Halted for dinner, and were off again at three P. M., marching across a large swamp, and halted one (1) mile from Horse Creek, at eight P. M., after marching eight (8) miles without incident.

December 5.--This day we marched with the wagons, assisting them over the many muddy places in the road, and halting for the night at six P. M. Distance marched, fifteen (15) miles.

December 6.--Like yesterday, we spent this one with the teams, and without halting for any length of time, we encamped at half-past 6 P. M. Marched ten (10) miles.

December 7.--Again with the wagons; raining nearly all day, and very bad roads. We marched ten (10) miles in the direction of Springfield, and encamped at eight P. M.

December 8.--Started at eight A. M. Passed through Springfield, a small village, marching rather fast, halting for the night at four P. M., having marched thirteen (13) miles.

December 9.--This was the first day that we heard artillery firing in our front. We started at seven A. M., and having marched two (2) miles, halted to issue rations. Started again at one P. M., and halted at eight P. M. Distance marched, eight (8) miles.

December 10.--We moved off this day at half-past 12 P. M., marched steady on a splendid road, with the wagons, until we came to about five (5) miles of Savannah, where we halted at five P. M., and encamped for the night, after marching eleven (11) miles. This day we came up to the rebel intrenchments.

December 11.--At ten A. M., we left camp and moved off in the direction of the Savannah River, which we struck at two P. M. From this point we had a fine view of the rebel fortifications, about one (1) mile off. Left here at half-past 4 P. M., and moved on a road running at right angles about half a mile. We here relieved the Second brigade, and were posted in line, the Sixty-sixth Ohio volunteer infantry on our right, and the Twenty-ninth Ohio volunteer infantry on our left. Here we found a dike or drain for a rice plantation, which formed a very good rifle-work.

December 12.--At one A. M., we moved about one half-mile to the left, without knapsacks, and lay here until four A. M., in support of the Third brigade, which was to charge the enemy's works. The order being countermanded, we returned to our original position at a quarter-past four A. M. Remained here all day, without incident; heard occasional shots of artillery all night.

December 13.--Still in the same position; we to-day improved the breastworks, and putting camp in order; heavy firing on our right. No incident of note occurred to-day.

December 14.--The rebels opened their artillery fire on the skirmish-pits, which the Twenty-ninth Ohio volunteer infantry had constructed yesterday, early; a few shots went over our camp, but none doing any damage. Received official notice of the capture of Fort McAllister, by the Second division, Fifteenth army corps, thus allowing General Sherman to communicate with the fleet and army of General Foster.

December 15 and 16.--Still in the same position. The rebels shell our camp continually, but do no damage. No incident of note occurred during these days.

December 17.--Still in the same position. Received our first mail to-day, since leaving Atlanta; nothing occurred beyond the regular routine of camp life. Heavy detail from the regiment to-night for fatigue duty, building lunettes calculated for some heavy pieces.

December 18.--Very hot weather, nothing of importance occurred. Do not think the enemy has seen the lunettes built last night, which accounts for their not shelling them.

December 19.--The enemy shelled our works vigorously to-night, killing and wounding several of the brigade; but none of the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania veteran volunteer infantry. Nothing of importance occurred.

December 20.--Still in the same position; the rebels were rather quiet until about four P. M., when they shelled our works, wounding some


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