to join the division at Turner's Ferry, on the Chattahoochee River, and from thence marched to a point four miles from Atlanta, on the East-Point Road, where we encamped. 15th. Marched to Flint River, and encamped near Jonesboro. During the afternoon I crossed the river with one battalion of my regiment, having been ordered to open communication with Colonel Jones, who crossed the river above me. Pushing on toward the town, my advance came upon a column moving out on the McDonough road. Lieutenant Baker, with company E, immediately charged the enemy, and drove them hastily through the town. In the mean time, another regiment of the enemy had taken position in rear of the town with artillery, sweeping the road before them. Hearing nothing of Colonel Jones, I deemed it best to retire, when I was met by an order to recross the river and encamp. The enemy lost one (1) killed and two (2) wounded in this affair. 16th. Moved in rear of the brigade to near Lovejoy's Station. The regiment was here placed in position to participate in an engagement then going on with Hanna's rebel brigade. Before we could join in the fight, however, the enemy was routed. Marched to camp at Bear Creek, on Jackson Road. 17th. Moved out at eight A. M., and proceeded with the column three miles, when I was met by Captain Beggs, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General of the brigade, who gave me orders to move on a road diverging to the right, to attack Lewis's brigade, then supposed to be encamped on the Towaliga River. The order was obeyed, and the result was, that I charged my command two and a half miles after a force of not more than twenty men. Arriving at the bridge, I found it burned, and the rebel camp evacuated. Had Lewis's brigade been at that bridge or in their former camp, with four pieces of artillery, as stated, and offered ordinary resistance, I have no hesitancy in saying there is not a regiment in the service could have driven it from its position, and a charge, such as I was ordered to make, could have only resulted in a useless sacrifice of life. Rejoined the command in the afternoon, and encamped at crossing of Forsyth and Macon roads. 18th. Crossed the Ocmulgee at Wetherby's Ferry, and encamped on Jenkins's plantation; sent out scouting-parties, and gathered all the horses and mules which could be found. 19th. Rejoined the brigade; marched and camped with it at night. 20th. Marched within two miles of Macon, and commenced destroying the railroad; moved as rear-guard of the brigade, on leaving the railroad ; camped five miles from Macon, on the road to Milledgeville. 21st. Moved down the railroad to Griswoldville; assisted in burning the town and the railroad; was ordered to move in advance of the brigade, and encamp at a point three miles distant, on the railroad. On reaching my camp, I sent out a detail, and destroyed a quarter of a mile of road. 22d. At quite an early hour the pickets of the Ninth Pennsylvania, which was encamped on my left and front, were attacked, and quite a spirited engagement ensued. I immediately formed my regiment for battle, and being assured by Major Appel, commanding the Ninth Pennsylvania, in the temporary absence of Colonel Jordan, that he could and would hold his position, I placed my regiment in position of battalions in echelon, one of the battalions being placed in a barricade. Hearing considerable yelling and firing near the camp, I rode over to the Ninth, and found they were driving the enemy; an orderly from Major Appel told me that a body of rebels were cut off, and were in the woods on his right. I immediately despatched Captain Glore, with his battalion, to drive them out or capture them. Scarcely had the battalion gone, when fugitives came dashing down the road, and word was brought me that the Ninth was being driven. Major Cheek's battalion was instantly formed across the road, for the double purpose of reassuring the men of the Ninth, and of charging the enemy should he again cross the ravine. Captain Glore found the rebels both on his right and left, but as soon as he formed, they broke and fled. The Captain did not pursue them, as there was a heavy swamp immediately on his front. I held my position until the infantry arrived, when the regiment was massed with the division, at half-past 10 A. M. I was ordered to report with my command to General Kilpatrick, and proceeded with him to look for a wagon-train of the enemy, reported to be passing near us with a small infantry guard. We moved to the left, and after marching near a mile, came in sight of the wagon-train; but instead of a small infantry guard, Wheeler's whole command was moving on the road. I formed my regiment in an open field, within full view of Wheeler's entire column, and within four hundred yards of it, and remained there for at least five minutes. The General commanding division ordered me to retire, and I most gladly left what I thought a very close place. In this affair, I lost three men wounded and four horses; Adjutant Mitchell had his horse shot under him. Late in the afternoon, my command was ordered to take position on the right of the infantry, then engaged in battle near Griswoldville, which position I occupied till dark, not becoming engaged, however. Moved three miles down the railroad, and encamped for the night. 23d. Marched down the railroad to within two miles of Gordon's Station, and encamped. 24th. Marched to Milledgeville, and drew rations; rested till near dark, when we crossed the Oconee River, and marched to camp, seven and a half miles east, on the Augusta road. 25th. Marched to the Ogeechee Shoals; crossed the river, and encamped. 26th. Marched to a point, near ten miles distant from Louisville, and camped on the Waynesboro road. 27th. The enemy sounded the reveille for us
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