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[151] warm reception and burn the bridge, both of which they afterward did. Moving on some three miles by direction of the General commanding, we halted, went into position, built barricades, and in every way prepared to whip the enemy, who had for two days been annoying our rear battalions, and for two nights had called my entire command from their blankets to give them repulses. The enemy, only delayed by the burning of the bridge, soon effected a crossing at another point, and were before us. They made a most handsome attack, first on our centre, then on our extreme right, and afterward on our left, each one of which was beautifully repulsed. Having accomplished that for which we halted, by direction of the General commanding, we remounted and resumed the march. Hoping to take some prisoners, by my direction, Captain Beggs, my Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, directed Colonel Baldwin, commanding Fifth Kentucky, to move into the woods to our left, whence a portion of the rebels who charged our left fled. This, however, Colonel Baldwin failed to do. Marched and encamped within ten miles of Louisville, the enemy no longer showing themselves.

29th. Marched at six A. M. to Big Creek, near Louisville; camped near Louisville.

30th. Remained in camp.

December 1.--Marched at half-past 10 A. M., in the direction of Waynesboro; found the enemy, two brigades strong, within four miles. After a stubborn fight, routed it. The action was brought on by Major C. T. Chuk, Fifth Kentucky cavalry, a gallant and experienced officer. Colonel Baldwin, with the rest of his regiment, the Fifth Kentucky, moving forward to the fight, was soon engaged. Colonel Jones, with his Eighth Indiana, pushed forward with one battalion on each flank of the Fifth, and the third one up to their line. They went up in handsome style; met and engaged the enemy with the Fifth, who at that time was being heavily pressed. Moving forward, we encamped three miles beyond.

2d. Marched at seven o'clock, found the enemy at Rock Creek Church; he was charged and driven across the creek by Major Breathitt, with his battalion of the Third Kentucky cavalry; Captain Thomas, with his battalion of the Third Kentucky, crossing the creek, charging the enemy behind barricades, and together with a battalion of the Fifth Olio, put the enemy to flight. Travelled fifteen miles, and encamped.

3d. Marched to Tompkins Station.

4th. Wheeler, with his entire force, being at Waynesboro, five miles distant, by direction of the General commanding, my command stripped for battle, and with our division, moved to “attack and rout him.” The Second brigade in advance, my command in a second line, within supporting distance, attacked and drove him to the town. Receiving orders from General Kilpatrick to take the town, the Second brigade having had their share, wheeled out of the road, and I moved forward to do so. The enemy held splendid positions. The approaches to the town were difficult, by reason of a stream almost impassable, save by the main road or railroad. The Third Kentucky, pushing across, went into position on the right, under a heavy fire, the Ninth Pennsylvania forming on the left. In the mean time, the Eighth Indiana dismounted, moved across the stream through the swamp. Lieutenant Stetson, with his artillery, and Colonel Baldwin, with the Fifth Kentucky, in position on the south side of the stream. The Second Kentucky ordered to follow within supporting distance of the first line. The Third Kentucky, charging on the right, found the enemy in barricades, and were subjected to a fire from front and flank. The Ninth Pennsylvania, pushing on the left, struck the enemy, relieving the Third Kentucky from the flank-fire. These two regiments pushed forward in magnificent style. The Eighth Indiana and Second Kentucky moving up, inch by inch, the enemy were driven through the town, the Ninth Pennsylvania and the Third Kentucky pressing the enemy heavily. The appearance of the Eighth Indiana dismounted, and the charge of the Second Kentucky, sent the enemy panic-stricken from the field. His loss in killed, wounded, and prisoners, was heavy, and saved themselves from still more serious slaughter by fleeing to the woods. Having taken full possession of the town, and from one to two miles in all directions, the Fifth Kentucky was ordered up, and pushed on the Augusta road, which the majority of the command of Wheeler had taken, following him closely, until he had crossed Brier Creek. This was a most magnificent fight; each regiment did nobly its part, conclusively showing, by the manner in which they fought, that nothing less than a complete rout to the enemy would be the result of the day's battle. The Third Kentucky lost heavily in the engagement, by reason of the barricades, which they most determinedly attacked and carried. Aside from the good resulting from the victory itself, the enemy seemed to be convinced that the destination of the army of General Sherman was Augusta, whence they continued to flee. Taking the Alexandria road, encamped a distance of five miles.

5th. Marched at seven o'clock; travelling twenty-two miles, encamped at Jacksonboro.

6th. Marched through Sylvania to the Middle Ground road; covered the rear of the Twentieth army corps, moving on Springfield; encamped, having travelled twenty-four miles. During the day, a scouting-party from the Ninth Pennsylvania attacked in the rear, and entirely dispersing it, a small advance-guard of the rebel General Ferguson, whose column was moving on this road. Changing his course, however, he attacked the Second brigade, which was moving in the rear of the Fourteenth corps.

7th. Marched at nine A. M., travelling eleven miles.

8th. Marched at ten o'clock A. M., through Springfield; camped at twelve o'clock M. The marches of December sixth, seventh, and eighth in the rear were hard ones, by reason of the


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