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[150] demonstration, attacking and gallantly combating two rebel regiments to the right of our line of march on Macon. Withdrawing from before Macon, camped near Griswoldville.

21st. Took position at Griswoldville ; skirmished mildly all day. Being in position, tearing up tracks, destroying a pistol and soap factory of much value to the enemy. Encamped three miles from Griswoldville.

22d. The pickets of the Ninth Pennsylvania at early morn were attacked and finally driven back to the encampment of the brigade, where this regiment for some time was earnestly engaged. The regiment fought well, an enemy greatly superior in number. Their gallantry, stern resistance, and well-timed charge baffled the enemy in what they supposed would prove to them a successful attack. Making preparations to attack with my whole force, received orders to withhold in order to allow the column of General Wolcott to show themselves, moving in the direction of Griswoldville and Macon. The Fifth Kentucky, with General Kilpatrick, made a demonstration to the rear of the enemy's line of battle. This was the day of magnificent behavior and splendid fighting of General Wolcott's brigade of General Wood's division of the Fifteenth army corps. During the day, when the enemy, with greatly superior numbers, made such repeated and determined attacks upon General Wolcott, I took the responsibility of moving from camp with two regiments, placing them one on each flank of our force then engaged, which at that time was in imminent danger of being turned.

23d. Marched to Gordon, and encamped.

24th. Marched to Milledgeville; received rations; thence across the Oconee eight miles, beginning our movement to strike the Augusta and Savannah Railroad.

25th. Marched at eight A. M., reaching the factory at Ogeechee Shoals. The Second Kentucky, who had rejoined us, in advance, captured a picket-post of the enemy here. Travelled this day thirty miles.

26th. Marched at eight A. M.; travelled twenty-eight miles, camping two and one half south Sylvan Grove. Here the enemy, in force, under Wheeler, attacked the camp of the Eighth Indiana and Second Kentucky. These regiments, under Colonel Jones, of the Eighth Indiana, spent the most of the night in engaging the enemy, which was splendidly and successfully done. Convinced that the enemy in force had attacked me, took up position with barricades for my entire command. At the approach of day, received direct orders to commence the march. The withdrawal of the Eighth Indiana and Second Kentucky was effected under heavy fire from the enemy. The enemy, attempting to follow, were effectually checked by the barricades of the Fifth Kentucky and Lieutenant Stetson, with his artillery. At that time, the enemy, covering my entire front, with two brigades on my left flank, dared not attack. I took up the line of march without the least difficulty or annoyance from them, moving in the direction of Waynesboro, at which point we struck the railroad, and at nightfall camped upon it one and a half miles in the direction of Millen. The enemy having followed the rear of the Second brigade all day, we had every reason to expect an attack here, therefore took up a strong position of two barricaded lines — the Third Kentucky, Eighth Indiana, and Fifth Kentucky, in the first line, the Ninth Pennsylvania and Second Kentucky holding the second one, my flanks being well protected by the railroad on the right and a large pond on the left. Not long after we were prepared did we await. Before eleven o'clock, the pickets and our entire skirmish-line were driven in, and before midnight they had completely enveloped our line and made a charge upon our works. From that until dawn, six different and distinct charges were made upon our lines. Six different times did they meet with bloody repulses. This was the second night that my command had been engaged, and for several days had been making long marches. The enemy, by reason of the darkness of the night, were unable to ascertain our position, only by volleys they received from our Spencer rifles and carbines. At times they rushed within thirty paces of our barricades, with loud huzzas of “Hunt their damned barricades!” “Go for them!” “We'll show you how to desolate our homes and burn our towns!” I have every reason to believe that this fight was one of immense disaster to them in killed and wounded. Lieutenant Stetson, with his artillery at short-range, used four guns. He never fires but what he makes an impression upon the enemy. Part of the Ninth Pennsylvania, notwithstanding our constant work with the enemy, was engaged in tearing up the railroad. In accordance with orders from the General commanding, I, at daylight, withdrew, marching in the direction of Louisville. This was a day of unusual activity. The charge made by that most excellent officer, Captain John A. P. Glore, with his battalion of the Fifteenth Kentucky, and the engagements of the Eighth Indiana and Ninth Michigan that morning, were under the direct supervision of the General commanding, and reflect great credit upon those engaged. My command formed the rear. This day the enemy seemed determined to do something. The greater portion of our command having crossed Buckhead Creek, they conceived the plan of cutting off and entirely destroying that portion which as yet had not crossed. In this, however, they were sadly mistaken; gaining a flitting advantage, by reason of their having flanking columns, the next moment found them disappointed, discomforted, and retiring. The Second and Third Kentucky, our rear, bore the brunt of this attack. The Fifth Kentucky quickly into line, the Ninth Pennsylvania and artillery into position, the enemy did not see proper to make further advances, when we marched across the bridge. Here we found Colonel Heath, with his Fifth Ohio and two howitzers in splendid position, covering the bridge, ready to give the enemy a


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