this morning, having attacked our pickets at quite an early hour. My command was in position at three A. M. I caused my front to be barricaded. Near daylight, the Eighth Indiana and the Second Kentucky were withdrawn from my front, the enemy following them closely, and advancing, evidently with the intention of making an attack upon our lines. If such were their intentions, they failed, as they were easily checked by a spirited fire from my command, aided by a few shots from our artillery. The Colonel commanding the brigade was present, and witnessed this skirmish. At daylight, I withdrew my command, and took the advance of the brigade, marching on the road to Waynesboro; passed through the town, and camped three miles on the Millen road; barricaded my front, and the men slept on their arms; my entire front was covered by a line of videttes and skirmishers; my position was on the left of the line. The enemy attacked the brigade near midnight, and were repulsed; my regiment did but little firing, as the men had been cautioned to save their ammunition. 28th. Daylight of the twenty-eighth found us on the march, one battalion of my regiment being in rear of the artillery, the other battalion being detailed to assist the rear-guard. After marching near three miles, I met the General commanding division, who ordered me to leave a battalion to charge the enemy, who persistently and energetically hung upon our rear; the Second battalion, Captain Glore commanding, was detailed. I did not see the charge made by his command, but understood it was gallant and well managed; as the charge was made under the eye of the General and by his orders, it is for him to say whether it was well done or not. After passing the General, I continued with the column until it had probably marched two miles from the point where the General had ordered the charge, when a report reached me that the rear-guard was cut off. Almost at the same time, I received an order to form my command and barricade my front. This was done promptly, not however before fugitives from the rear-guard began to pass through my lines. Major Cheek's battalion was now alone, the remainder of the brigade being fully a mile in front as we were marching; yet the men worked with a will, and looked calmly on, while squad after squad passed through. The extreme rear, however, came up in good order, and passed through my lines to the front. Here the Second battalion rejoined me, and my regiment again became the rear-guard of the division. The enemy was bold and persistent, and I was obliged to fall back slowly, causing repeated formations of squadrons to be made. The column was moving over a miserable road, and could not march rapidly, nor could it have formed in the swamps near them, had the enemy broken my lines. This he failed to do, however, and after passing though as ugly a swamp as I ever saw, my regiment passed the lines of the Second and Third Kentucky, who relieved me as rear-guard. The column still moved slowly, and we had scarcely marched a mile, and were just in the act of crossing a swamp, when I heard firing almost immediately in my rear. I cast my eyes to the right and rear, and saw the rebels and our men mixed up, and all dashing on my rear. No time was to be lost. Sending men forward to a cross-fence to throw the fences, I moved my command rapidly to the right, forming on right by file, and gave the command to commence firing; never did men do better than the gallant men of my regiment that day; rapidly and steadily they came into line, each one seeming anxious to join in the fray. In the mean time, a column of the enemy commenced passing my left flank. Captain Forrester, of company K, anticipating the order, wheeled his company, and ordered a charge, which drove the rebels back, but the gallant Captain never lived to receive the praise due his noble action — he was shot at the head of his company while leading the charge. He was a noble officer, true to his profession, honorable in all things, and was equally beloved by his comrades as an officer and a gentleman. After the repulse of the enemy at this point, I was ordered to move my command in column in rear of the artillery. This order of march was continued until we passed through the lines of the Second brigade, halting and going into bivouac near Rocky Creek. Here I was assigned a position on the extreme left of the line, and in accordance with orders, strong barricades were thrown up in our front. We had scarcely an hour of quiet when the enemy attacked us again, his first attack being on our front; here he was repulsed. A small regiment charged my front, but was easily repulsed, and I think severely punished for its temerity. Unexpectedly, I received the order to mount my men, and I was greatly surprised when I found the whole command in retreat. Still I formed my command; took the place assigned my regiment in column, and moved with it to camp. We camped at eleven P. M. that morning. 29th. Moved out an hour before daylight, and marched to Big Creek, and encamped after building a barricade at the cross-roads near the Creek. 30th. Remained in camp. December 1.--Marched at ten A. M., in advance of the brigade, having the First battalion, under Major Cheek, thrown forward as an advanceguard. Advanced about four miles, when Major Cheek reported the enemy advancing to meet him. I immediately moved forward with the Second battalion, Captain Glore commanding, and received orders, as I passed the General, to press forward rapidly; not to give the enemy time to form. I moved rapidly down the road, but on arriving at Major Cheek's position, I found him heavily engaged with the enemy, and the nature of the country was such, that a charge could only result in disaster. I therefore ordered Captain Glore to form his battalion as rapidly as possible, while I rode forward to
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