enemy several hundred yards, and materially aided the column in crossing the bridge. My command were spectators only of the fight at Reynolds's plantation, being in reserve. After the battle, again took the rear, and I must say that that night's march was the most severe on men and horses I ever experienced, and there was no earthly cause for it, except carelessness of commanders. At no time that night did the rear march over three hundred (300) yards without a halt, and yet the road was good. Got into camp at half-past 1 o'clock, having marched eight (8) miles in eight and a half (8 1/2) hours. December first, skirmished with the enemy, lost one man killed, two severely wounded. December fourth, took part in battle of Waynesboro, charged dismounted through the town, and with the infantry pursued the routed foe to near Brier Creek. Marched with division in direction of Savannah. Pickets were attacked at Springfield. Captains Crewel and Stanley promptly charged and routed the enemy, killing three (3) men, two (2) horses, and capturing five (5) horses. Near Jacksonboro, Lieutenant McManus, with a small foraging-party, charged a detachment of rebels, causing them to throw down their arms and abandon their horses, and seek safety in the swamps. The Lieutenant destroyed twelve (12) stand of arms, and captured twelve (12) horses. Arrived in camp, near King's Bridge, December seventeenth, 1864. Have no complaint to make of officers. They did their duty, and have my thanks. As to the brave enlisted men of Eighth Indiana, they have spoken for themselves by heroic action on many a bloody field, and need no eulogy from me. With a tear for our noble dead, a prayer for the speedy recovery of our wounded, and the safe return of our captives, I am, Captain, very respectfully,
F. O. Jones, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Eighth Indiana Cavalry.
Captain Forman's Report.
headquarters Second Kentucky cavalry, First brigade, Third cavalry division, military division of the Mississippi, King's Bridge, Ga., December 21, 1864.sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the movements and actions of my regiment, from the fourteenth of November to December sixth. November 14.--Moved with the brigade from Marietta, Georgia, in the direction of Atlanta, my regiment moving in rear of the brigade. 15th. The brigade moved in the direction of Jonesboro, my command being left with the Ninth Pennsylvania in rear, to protect the train. 16th. The First brigade, having the advance, came in contact with a body of rebel cavalry, at Lovejoy Station, on the West-Point Railroad. Here my regiment was ordered to support a section of artillery. Afterward I was ordered with my command to move forward at double-quick, to support the Third Kentucky, which in the mean time had charged the rebels, capturing their artillery, and chasing them some four (4) or five (5) miles. My regiment then took the advance, skirmishing with the rebels as far as Bear Creek Station, where it was ordered to halt, rest our horses, and let the Second brigade take the advance. 17th. Moved on the Jackson road without meeting with any resistance. 18th. Moved in advance of the brigade with my command in the direction of Ocmulgee River. 19th. Crossed Ocmulgee River at Ocmulgee Mills, where I received orders to take my regiment and guard the division train through to Milledgeville. Arriving there on the twenty-fourth, received orders to join the brigade which moved in the direction of Sparta, camping some eight (8) miles from Milledegville. 25th. My regiment moved in the advance on the road to Ogeechee Shoals, on Ogeechee River, at which place my advance-guard surprised a party of rebels, capturing eight of them, also twelve (12) valuable horses, which were acceptable about that time. We remained at that place during the night. 26th. My regiment was left in the rear of the command for the purpose of burning the bridge over the river, also a large factory and mills. We then moved on the road to Augusta, meeting no enemy. That night my command, with the Eighth Indiana, was left at the forks of the road for picket, and to hold that position during the night. At twelve o'clock we were attacked by a large body of cavalry, surprising our pickets, and moving directly upon our camp. After being repulsed some four or five times, they concluded to wait until daylight, before making another advance. At that time they attacked and were again repulsed. Finding that they could not move us from our position by attacking in front, they threw a heavy column on our flanks. While they were making this movement, Colonel Jones, who was in command, received orders to retire behind the barricades which were built near brigade headquarters. He gave me orders to mount my regiment and form it across the road, after his command passed, to bring up the rear. Before we had got fully mounted and moved out, the enemy advanced, firing upon our led horses, causing some little confusion. I formed my command, (after the Eighth Indiana had passed,) moved back by alternate platoons, at the same time checking the rebel advance, until we arrived at the barricades, where they were handsomely repulsed and driven off. During this engagement my loss was one man captured, one (1) mortally and two (2) slightly wounded, losing also several horses and equipments. 27th. We moved on the road to Waynesboro, leaving the Second brigade to hold the enemy in check. Nothing transpired through the day, and we went into camp about two miles from Waynesboro, having passed through town. In accordance with orders, we built barricades, for the purpose of holding the enemy in check during the night. They made several attempts through the night to drive us from our position, but were each time driven back.
Captain James Beggs, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
Captain James Beggs, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General: