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[161] encourage, and if possible to press my first battalion forward. My lines were pressed forward to within thirty yards of the enemy's position in front, but as the enemy had the longest line, he enveloped my flanks and caused some confusion. This confusion was greatly augmented by some one giving the command “Fours right!” or “Left about!” and quite a number of officers and men left the field, acting, as I have since learned, upon the supposition that they had been ordered to retire. The majority of my men, regardless of company organizations, rallied, reformed, and held the enemy at bay, until a battalion of the Eighth Indiana relieved my left flank, and enabled me again to advance upon the enemy, which I continued to do, until I was ordered to halt. This affair occurred at Millen's Grove, and certainly was a very warm and spirited little fight, as my regiment attacked and fought, single-handed, for twenty minutes, a brigade of rebels in their chosen position, where it was impossible to use the sabre, and where nothing save bull-dog fighting could do any good.

The enemy lost between thirty and forty in killed and wounded. My command fought mounted, simply because I had no time to have them dismounted, having been ordered to press forward and to charge. A charge was impossible, and in starting to make one, I lost the opportunity of dismounting my command. I lost one killed, seven wounded, and twenty horses.

2d and 3d. Marched in column with the brigade; were not engaged.

4th. The command attacked Wheeler. My regiment moved with the command, but was not engaged in the fight. After the enemy had been driven from Waynesboro, my regiment moved with the Fifth Ohio, of the Second brigade, to a ford on Brier Creek, and held the ford, while the Fifth Ohio destroyed the railroad bridge over Brier Creek. Retired near dusk, and camped near Beaver Dam Creek.

5th-12th. My regiment moved with the brigade, sharing in all its marches by day and by night.

13th. Marched to Midway, at which place I was ordered to proceed with my regiment to Sunbury, on Sunbury River, also to send a battalion through Dorchester, a short distance from Midway. My command came upon a few rebels; these were driven back upon another party, the whole numbering probably forty men. I ordered Lieutenant Jones, commanding company D, to charge them, ordering Lieutenant Baker, with company E, to support the charge. The rebels broke in all directions, leaving their guns, hats, blankets, and in fact every thing which could impede them in their progress behind them. On reaching the forks of the road, Captain Glore's battalion pressed rapidly on to Dorchester, scattering as he went the remainder of company B, Twenty-ninth Georgia battalion. Camped at Sunbury that night

14th. Remained in camp.

15th. Rejoined the brigade, and accompanied it to its present camp.

In recalling the scenes of the past campaign, I can but feel that the officers and men of my command have had their full share of the dangers and hardships of the campaign, and are justly entitled to a full participation in whatever honor or glory may be awarded to those who rode down all opposition in the march from Atlanta to the Atlantic. To mention by name each officer who distinguished himself in battle, would be to give a roll of all my officers, with perhaps one single exception, for those who erred in Millen's Grove fought well and gallantly before that fight, in which I am willing that a misconstruction of orders should be their shield. However, I feel constrained to bear testimony to the good conduct and gallantry of Adjutant Mitchell, and Lieutenants Jones, Baker, and Bryan; also to the gallantry of Sergeants Jackson, of company B, and Holland, of company H, and private Pierce, of company A, who, when surrounded by rebels, refused to surrender, but fought his way out like a man.

To my battalion commanders, Major C. T. Cheek and Captain John A. P. Glore, my heartfelt thanks are due. On all occasions when I needed brave men and true counsel, I found them ready to support me, and I would especially recommend them to those who have the good of the country at heart, as young and gallant soldiers, worthy and deserving of promotion,

A tribute to the gallant dead, all hearts must offer, and yet few can tell how deeply and sincerely we feel the loss of Captain John W. Forrester, of company K. He was a true soldier, in the camp and in the field; he was always at his post; his business was always attended to promptly, while no danger deterred him from the performance of his duty. Appended, you will please find report of casualties, captures, etc.

I am, sir, your most obedient servant,

O. G. Baldwin, Colonel Commanding Fifth Kentucky Cavalry.
Report of Horses and Mules captured or taken in the country, and also number shot, and abandoned, and died during the recent campaign, by the Fifth Kentucky cavalry, volunteers:

captured or taken up.Total No. of Head.shot in action.abandoned.died.Total No. of Head.
Horses.Mules.Horses.Mules.Horses.Mules.Horses.
10852160282115915169

O. G. Baldwin, Colonel Commanding Fifth Kentucky Cavalry. William D. Mitchell, Adjutant.
Station, near King's Bridge, Ga. Date, December 19, 1864.

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