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[163] picketing the roads. Avoiding them, he kept on through the woods, reached Griswoldville and charged into the town, driving the enemy out, and under their fire captured and burned a locomotive and train of cars, burned the public buildings, and destroyed the railroad. After this work was accomplished, he captured one of the enemy, and compelled him to lead his little party out of the town on a route to avoid the enemy, who had all the roads in their possession. The gallant conduct of Captain Ladd and his brave troops is a fine example of what a few men can accomplish, when daringly and persistently led.

21st. Moved back to junction of the Clinton and Macon and Milledgeville and Macon roads, and went into position, barricading. The Ninety-second mounted infantry volunteers was left in rear six miles from Macon, and was furiously attacked at nine A. M., while in position behind rail barricades. The enemy charged these with one regiment dismounted and two columns mounted, at the signal of the bugle. They came on desperately, close to the barricade; but the cool, steady fire of the Spencer rifles broke the charge, and doubled them back with great loss. A prisoner, captured afterward, reports the enemy's loss in the charge at sixty-five killed and wounded. The Ninety-second Illinois mounted infantry volunteers were withdrawn and joined the brigade in position, where we remained during the night.

22d. Marched at nine A. M., and encamped six miles from Gordon.

23d. Moved three miles nearer Gordon and encamped, the Fifth Ohio volunteer cavalry picketing Jones's Cross-Roads.

24th. Marched at seven A. M.; passed through Milledgeville, and encamped eight miles beyond, on Augusta road.

25th. Marched at eight A. M., and encamped within one and a half (1 1/2) miles of the shoals of Ogeechee.

26th. Marched at seven A. M.; crossed the Ogeechee; marched thirty-five miles, and encamped.

27th. Wheeler attacked the First brigade during the night. At seven A. M., First brigade moved through mine and took the advance. The Ninety-second Illinois mounted infantry volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Van Buskirk commanding, covered the rear of my brigade with one piece of artillery, assisted by the Ninth Michigan volunteer cavalry. We marched that day through Waynesboro, and encamped three miles south of the town. During the entire day, Wheeler, with dogged persistence, continued to attack our rear. Colonel Van Buskirk, with his regiment of Spencer rifles, and occasionally using his rifled gun, as opportunity occurred, continually held him at bay, and on several occasions administered severe punishment to the enemy. When the nature of the ground would admit of the concealment of his men, Colonel Van Buskirk handled his regiment splendidly, skilfully revolving his companies around one another, and covering, successively, their retreat.

28th. Moved at four A. M., in advance of the First brigade, except Colonel George S. Acker, with his regiment, the Ninth Michigan volunteer cavalry, which remained in rear of the division by order of General Kilpatrick, Colonel Acker reporting to the General of division. I presume the conduct of Colonel Acker and his regiment during that day will be more especially noticed by General Kilpatrick.

After crossing Buckhead Creek, I took up position and awaited the other brigade, covering the crossing with the Fifth Ohio volunteer cavalry, who did it well, and destroyed the bridge after our troops were over. General Kilpatrick moved with the First brigade to Reynolds's plantation, and too up position and barricaded, where I was ordered to join him with my brigade, and did so, going into position on the right of the road, and behind the barricade I found already built. I held in reserve, by order of the Division General, two regiments, the Ninth Michigan and Tenth Ohio volunteer cavalry, with one battalion of my other three (3) regiments. Two (2) battalions of the Ninth Ohio volunteer cavalry, Fifth Ohio volunteer cavalry, and Ninety-second Illinois mounted volunteer infantry were dismounted to fight on foot, with skirmish-line dismounted in front. One battalion of the Fifth Ohio volunteer cavalry was left as rear-guard, which was soon attacked, and fell back, fighting handsomely.

The rebels charged in splendid style, coming up in close range, when six pieces of artillery, double-shotted, and our dismounted troops opened upon them, and repulsed them handsomely, with little loss to us. The loss of the enemy in this charge was very severe. As the enemy pushed around my right flank, I threw in the Ninth Michigan volunteer cavalry, dismounted, and the Tenth Ohio volunteer cavalry, mounted. After the enemy was handsomely repulsed, by order of General Kilpatrick I withdrew my brigade, and marched six miles and encamped.

29th. Marched at five A. M., to near Louisville, and encamped, and remained until

December 1.--Marched eight miles on the Waynesboro road, moving through the fields on the right flank of General Baird's division of infantry.

2d. Continued march same as yesterday. Colonel T. T. Heath, with one battalion of his regiment, the Fifth Ohio volunteer cavalry, made a gallant little sabre-charge, successfully driving the enemy.

3d. Marched fourteen miles, and encamped at Thomas Station. The Ninety-second Illinois mounted infantry volunteers was placed on picket, to cover the infantry of General Baird in tearing up track, and skirmished with the enemy nearly all night. The enemy shelled the regiment with artillery, killing two (2) and wounding one, (1.)

4th. Moved at seven A. M., my brigade in advance, to “attack and rout Wheeler.” We found him in strong position near Waynesboro, dismounted, behind heavy rail barricades, and attacked him vigorously. The Ninety-second Illinois mounted infantry volunteers dismounted, moved in line in the centre, the Ninth Ohio volunteer

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