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[144] within the city limits, and equipped the same with twenty days rations and forage.

15th. In accordance with orders, sent one half of my train--four hundred and forty (440) feet of bridge, complete — and four companies of my regiment, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Moore, with the Twentieth corps. The remainder of my train, with six companies, commanded by myself, marched from Atlanta the morning of the sixteenth, with the Fourteenth corps, moving on the Decatur road.

17th. After a march of twenty miles, threw two bridges (one hundred and twenty feet each) over Yellow River.

18th. In the afternoon took up one of my bridges, moved it forward to the Ulcofauhatchee, where it was re-thrown. The remaining bridge over Yellow River being ordered forward under charge of Major Downey, reached my camp late in the night.

19th. Dismantled the bridge over the Ulcofauhatchee, and marched eighteen miles, during the day.

20th, 21st, and 22d, were passed in marching.

23d. Reached and encamped in the city of Milledgeville.

24th. Marched at nine o'clock A. M., moving on the road to Sandersville.

25th. Moved forward a few miles to Buffalo Creek. Over this stream we threw a pontoonbridge, and also built one small trestle-bridge during the night.

26th. Took up the pontoon-bridge and marched the same day to Sandersville, a distance of ten miles.

27th. Sent Major Downey with two companies and one hundred and twenty feet of bridge, to report to General Baird, whose division marched on the extreme left flank. The remainder of my command moved on the river road from Louisville, with Generals Carlin's and Morgan's divisions of the Fourteenth corps.

28th. Continued our march to Louisville; reached there the same evening. Found Colonel Moore's bridge thrown over the large Ogeechee, and Major Downey's thrown over the small Ogeechee River, near Louisville. Finished corduroying the swamps on either side of the Ogeechee River. We remained in camp near Louisville until the afternoon of December first.

December 1.--Marched at ten o'clock P. M., going a distance of twelve miles, on the road to Millen.

2d. Continued our march the whole day.

3d. In the morning threw two bridges; one over Buckhead Creek, and also one over Rosebury Creek. Took the same bridge up in the evening, and marched six miles on the road to Jacksonboro.

4th. Marched all day, and camped near Lumpkin Station, on the Waynesboro Railroad.

5th. Marched twelve miles, and camped on Beaver Dam Creek, and by ten o'clock at night, we built one trestle-bridge over Beaver Dam Creek for Generals Baird and Kilpatrick.

6th. Marched seventeen miles.

7th. Marched twenty-five miles, reaching Ebenezer Creek; commenced building a trestlebridge over Ebenezer Creek, working my men all night.

8th. Finished the trestle-bridge in the morning, and also threw a pontoon-bridge over Lockmer Creek, four miles in advance.

9th. Took up both bridges, and moved forward during the night toward Savannah.

10th. Continued our march.

11th. Marched six miles and camped near the Savannah River, within six miles of Savannah City. Lieutenant-Colonel Moore reported and rejoined my command, with his detachment.

12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th. Remained in camp, idle.

18th. Made seven hundred (700) fascines during the day, night, and part of the nineteenth.

20th. Received orders to throw a pontoon-bridge from Argyle Island to the main South-Carolina shore. Worked all night boating my material to the point, and had the bridge half completed, when orders were received to take it up and march into Savannah on the morning, December twenty-first, 1864.

My command, consisting of about nine hundred men and six hundred mules, started from Atlanta with four days forage and twenty days rations. My men and mules lived well throughout the whole campaign, and had been in Savannah several days before we drew rations from the United States Government. My entire command was in better condition when it arrived in Savannah, than when it left Atlanta.

Before closing this report, I desire to tender my thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Moore and Major Downey, each of whom ably commanded detachments of the regiment, displaying a degree of energy and perseverance entitling them to special notice. Captains James W. Smith and C. C. Whiting rendered very important services in their positions as commanders of pontoon sections.

Captain Wood Tousey, Commissary; Lieutenant Zach. Jones, Aid-de-Camp; Lieutenant Horace Hall, Aid-de-Camp; and Lieutenant Henry Torrence, Acting Assistant Quartermaster, deserve credit for their energy and promptness.

In conclusion, I would state that great credit is due the officers and men of the regiment, for the manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the entire campaign; although, many times, after a hard day's march, they have had bridges to build or roads to repair, they were always on hand.

Praise is likewise due my officers and men, for the good discipline retained throughout the netire march.

For the particulars of the operations of Colonel Moore's detachment, I refer you to his report, herein inclosed.

Recapitulation: Corduroyed two thousand yards; pontoon-bridge, by day, six hundred and ninety feet; trestle-bridge, by day, two hundred and sixty feet; trestle-bridge, by night, one thousand

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