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[97] more of the brigade. They continued shelling until one A. M. of

December 21, when we received notice that they were evacuating the city. To confirm this, we marched into the city at daylight, and the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania veteran volunteer infantry and Twenty-ninth Ohio volunteer infantry passed on to Fort Jackson, four (4) miles down the river; here we arrived at seven A. M. We entered the fort, and immediately flung our colors to the breeze. We found the enemy had retreated, leaving the fort on fire and one of the magazines blown up. We captured in the fort and vicinity forty-four (44) thirty-two pounders, two (2) ten (10) inch columbiads, twenty (20) eight (8) inch columbiads, two (2) rifled thirty-two pounders, twelve (12) twenty-four pound howitzer, three (3) ten-inch mortars, one (1) eight-inch mortar, three (3) three-inch rifled field-pieces, four (4) sixty-four pounders, all iron, and the following ammunition: four hundred ten-inch solid shot; five hundred and eighty-seven eight-inch solid shot; one hundred and forty-nine seven-inch solid shot; two thousand two hundred and seventy-two six-inch solid shot; four hundred and eleven ten-inch steel shot; three hundred and twenty-five eight-inch steel shot; one hundred and twenty six-inch steel shot; fifteen eight-inch grape; twenty seven-inch grape; thirteen six-inch grape; thirty-two eight-inch canister; forty-one seven-inch canister; sixty six-inch canister; forty-one seven-inch conical shell, fixed; thirty-two six-inch conical shell, fixed; fifty pounds powder, rifled muskets.

Of the ninety-one guns captured, fourteen (14) only were found to have been spiked and shotted, the gun-carriages were broken and temporarily disabled, and all the implements were broken and destroyed.

Thus has closed probably one of the most tedious and yet one of the most successful campaigns on record in the world, and is a striking example of what can be accomplished, when the soldiers of a country work with their general, and he with them. We have been some thirty-six (36) days on the march, and travelled a distance of three hundred and twenty (320) miles. We are now holding the defences of our capture, but probably before long we may be on another move, and it is hoped that General Sherman and his army may be as successful as they have been in accomplishing the downfall of Savannah, Georgia, December twenty-first, 1864.

Respectfully submitted,

John Flynn, Colonel Commanding.


Lieutenant-Colonel Craeg's Report.

headquarters one hundred and Forty-Seventh Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, Savannah, Georgia, December 26, 1864.
Lieutenant A. H. W. Creigh, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General;
sir: In compliance with circular, dated Headquarters First brigade, Second division, Twentieth army corps, December twenty-third, 1864, I have the honor to submit the following report:

On the second day of September, we lay in line of works, built by us, a few days previous, along the Chattahoochee River, and remained until September fourth, when orders were received to strike tents, as the brigade was ordered to Atlanta.

We took up the line of march at half-past 9 A. M., reaching the city at one P. M. Here we were put into line of works, built by the enemy, on the west side of the city, where we remained until November fifteenth.

We were, on account of the movement of the troops, obliged to change camp several times. We assisted in building the fortifications around the city.

November 9.--The enemy, with a strong force of cavalry and four (4) pieces of artillery, made an attack at seven A. M., on my immediate front, driving in the picket-line, advancing to within two hundred (200) yards of the main line. At the first firing, I immediately ordered one company across the railroad into the fort on my right, where they opened fire on the enemy, repulsing them almost instantly.

My skirmishers advanced immediately and took possession of the picket-line, finding two (2) killed, two (2) wounded, and one (1) prisoner of the enemy, inside of the picket-line. There was no loss, out of my regiment.

While encamped at Atlanta, Georgia, repeated orders were received to make preparations for a fifty days campaign.

November 15.--We took up the line of march, moving principally in an eastern direction, nearly parallel with the Augusta and Atlanta Railroad, until where it crosses the Oconee River, from where we struck south toward Milledgeville, reaching it on the night of the twenty-second.

On the morning of the twenty-fourth, we again took up the line of march, moving principally south-east, until December eleventh, which brought us within four (4) miles of the city of Savannah, Georgia. Here the enemy was found in force and well fortified. On the evening of this day we were placed in line, my right connecting with the Fifth regiment Ohio volunteer infantry, and my left with the Sixtieth regiment New-York volunteers, Third brigade, Second division, Twentieth army corps.

Here we put up a line of works, where we remained until the morning of twenty-first. The shelling of the enemy's lines was rather annoying, scattering in all directions through the camp.

I had three (3) men wounded, two (2) of which have since died.

On the morning of the twenty-first, finding the enemy's works evacuated, we immediately followed up their retreat into the city of Savannah, Georgia.

In conclusion, I beg leave to thank the officers and men for their uniformity and willingness in discharging their duties. Our marches were long and tedious, marching over three hundred miles in twenty-six days.

Accompanying please find report of casualties.


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