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[181] expedition: he rendered, with the other gentlemen above mentioned, valuable services, and manifested a personal courage and zeal deserving high praise.

John M. Corse, Brigadier-General Commanding. Captain Frederick Whitehead, Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifteenth Army Corps, in the Field.


Lieutenant-Colonel Martin's Report.

headquarters First brigade, Fourth division, Fifteenth army corps, Rome, Ga., October 10, 1864.
Captain L. H. Everts, Assistant Adjutant-General, Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps:
Captain: I have the honor to submit, in compliance with circular from your headquarters of this date, the following report of the part taken by the regiments of this command in the engagement at Allatoona, Georgia, October fifth, 1864, and also of the marches connected with the movement:

Although this command, in obedience to orders from General Corse, commanding division, was in readiness to move the night of the fourth instant, the train that was to convey this brigade to Allatoona, owing to an accident, did not arrive to this place until nearly nine P. M. the. sixth instant, and then there were only seven (7) cars--three box-cars, two platform-cars, and two cabooses. Two companies of the Seventh Iowa infantry were immediately embarked with the Fifty-seventh Illinois infantry, of the Third brigade, and forwarded to the break in the railroad. On the return of the train at twelve M., the remainder of the Seventh Iowa infantry, Major Samuel Mahon commanding, and four companies of the Fifty-second Illinois infantry, under command of Major W. Boyd, were sent forward. At three P. M., the train returned, and the remaining five companies of the Fifty-second Illinois infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel E. A. Bowen commanding, and five companies of the Sixty-sixth Indiana infantry, Captain D. M. Jordan commanding, were immediately embarked. I accompanied this train, leaving Captain Morris, Sixty-sixth Indiana infantry, to bring forward the remainder of the Sixty-sixth Indiana and the Second Iowa infantry, Captain John A. Duckworth commanding. I reached the break in the road at five P. M., and found that the Seventh Iowa infantry and the four companies of the Fifty-second Illinois infantry, under command of Major W. Boyd, of the latter regiment, had embarked on the train from Kingston, as I had previously ordered, and were on their way to Allatoona. At nine P. M., the remainder of the brigade reached me from Rome, and after waiting until half-past 11 P. M., the train returned from Cartersville to convey the remainder of my command there.

I immediately embarked and pushed forward as rapidly as possible, reaching Cartersville at daybreak. After stopping a moment to confer with General Raum, commanding at Cartersville, I pushed forward again until a break in the road was reached.

This was soon repaired, as well as the telegraph line, and the train moved forward, reaching Allatoona about ten A. M. Here I found the Seventh Iowa and the four companies of the Fifty-second Illinois, who had reached the place the evening before.

I remained at the place with the command until the seventh instant, when, in obedience to orders from General Corse, commanding division, the command prepared to move back to Cartersville. At three P. M., the command was on the road leading to Cartersville, which place was reached about half-past 5 P. M., the command encamping south of the town.

The eighth instant, at ten A. M., the command moved forward on the road leading to Kingston, which place was reached at five P. M., distance marched eleven miles. The ninth instant, the command moved at daylight on the road leading to Rome, arriving here at twelve M., marching a distance of fourteen miles.

I have no casualties to report, as none of my command was engaged with the enemy.

I have the honor to be, Captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Roger Martin, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Brigade.


Lieutenant-Colonel Tourtelotte's Report.

headquarters post Allatoona, October 7, 1864.
Lieutenant A. P. Vaughn, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps:
Lieutenant: For some two days previous to the fifth of October, instant, the enemy had been operating in this vicinity, especially on the railroad to the southward, but not till the evening of October fourth did they make any demonstration against this point. It then became evident that they proposed to attack the place in the morning.

The garrison here consisted of the Ninety-third Illinois infantry, two hundred and ninety guns, Major Fisher commanding; seven companies of the Eighteenth Wisconsin infantry, one hundred and fifty guns, Lieutenant-Colonel Jackson commanding; the Fourth Minnesota infantry, four hundred and fifty guns, Major J. C. Edson commanding; the Twelfth Wisconsin battery, six guns, Lieutenant Amsdon commanding, and fifteen men of the Fifth Ohio cavalry.

Of the effective force of the Fourth Minnesota infantry, one hundred and eighty-five were recruits, just received from the North. My first unpleasant apprehensions were, that the rebels would make a night attack, and taking advantage of the darkness, deprive me of the advantage of position, the fortifications of this place all being on the high ridge, while the stores are collected on the flat land at the hill's base and on the south side, from which direction the rebels were approaching.

To prevent such approach, I strengthened the grand guard, barricaded the roads to the south, and made preparations to fire a building, which should so illuminate the site of the village and stores, that my men could see, even in the night, to a considerable extent, any approach of the


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