camp near the road occupied by my regiment the night previous. Threw up breastworks and remained until the twenty-third, when it was found that the enemy had evacuated his works, when we advanced to within two miles of the city, and went into our present camp. From the fifteenth of November (the date of leaving Atlanta) until the twenty-third of December, we drew about ten days full rations of crackers, sugar, and coffee; the balance of our supplies were foraged from the country through which we passed. During the campaign I captured fifteen or twenty negroes, whom I directed to report to Captain Cadwallader, Division Quartermaster; also some mules and horses, which were turned in to Captain Whittelsey, Corps Quartermaster. My command captured four (4) Prussian rifled muskets, which were turned in to the division ordnance department. The officers of my command behaved well during the campaign. The enlisted men of my regiment, with one or two exceptions, obeyed orders promptly. Those who failed to observe them were punished at the time. When the regiment left Atlanta, the effective strength was sixteen (16) officers and four hundred and fifteen enlisted men. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
P. Griffith, Major Commanding Regiment.
Captain Merrell's Report.
headquarters one hundred and Forty-First regiment New-York Vols., Savannah, Ga., Dec. 26, 1864.sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of this command during the recent campaign. From the occupation of Atlanta, Georgia, the regiment was engaged in building quarters and the usual duties of camp-life until the third instant, when we were ordered to report to Colonel N. M. Crane, commanding a provisional brigade, doing guard-duty in the city. Here we remained until the commencement of the recent campaign. On the morning of November fifteenth, we broke camp, and joined the First brigade on the Decatur road. Marching fifteen miles, we halted near Stone Mountain, and camped for the night. Sixteenth, marched across Yellow River. Guarding ammunition-train. Halted at half-past 11 P. M., for the night. Seventeenth, commenced the march at ten A. M. Guarding train. Camped at half-past 12 P. M. Eighteenth, marched at nine A. M. Halted at Social Circle, at two P. M., for dinner. Afternoon, resumed the march, passing through Rutledge, and encamped at eleven P. M. Nineteenth, marched at nine A. M. On train-guard. Passed through Madison at two P. M.; taking the Milledgeville road at that place, we camped four miles from the town. Twentieth, marched at nine A. M., camping near Eatonton for the night. Twenty-first, marched at nine A. M. Passed through Eatonton. Camped at one A. M. Twenty-second, four miles from that place. Twenty-second, marched at daylight. Crossed Little River. Reached Milledgeville at sunset. Went into camp about one mile east of the town. Twenty-third, was ordered out in light marching order at one P. M. Marched to the Milledgeville and Eatonton Railroad. We were engaged in destroying that road until after dark, when we returned to camp. Twenty-fourth, marched at daylight from Milledgeville. Camped about four P. M. Twenty-fifth, marched at half-past 6 P. M. Made about eight miles. Twenty-sixth, marched at a quarter-past six A. M. Reached Sandersville at ten A. M., when we halted for dinner. We then marched to Tennille Station, on the Georgia Central Railroad, and halted for the night. Twenty-seventh, marched at six A. M., from Tennille Station to Davisboro, fifteen miles. Captured, during the afternoon twelve head of cattle and two mules. Went into camp for the night. Twenty-eighth, marched at seven A. M., to the railroad, destroying it to Spears's Station. Encamped for the night at that place. Twenty-ninth, marched at half-past 6 A. M., on the railroad; destroyed it to Bostwick Station, a distance of eight miles, and camped for the night. Thirtieth, marched at half-past 9 A. M. Crossed the Ogeechee River two miles from Louisville, and camped for the night. Nothing of importance occurred until the ninth of December, when the road was found to be obstructed by felled timber, rendering it impossible to advance. The pioneers were ordered forward, but as soon as the work began, the rebels opened a piece of artillery upon the advance, which had halted in the road. After a short time, the balance of our brigade were ordered to advance, and support the Fifth Connecticut volunteers, which were on the skirmishline, while Second brigade were sent on the flanks. The First brigade advanced as fast as the nature of the ground would permit, and, after getting within range, the Fifth Connecticut volunteers opened a terrific fire on the enemy's battery, driving them in great confusion from their works, which we soon occupied. Here we halted for the night. Tenth, marched at half-past 7 A. M., striking the Charleston and Savannah Railroad at ten A. M. After a halt of three hours, we again advanced in direction of Savannah, and within four miles of the city, when it was discovered that a large force of the enemy was in our front, when we halted and formed a line of battle to the left of the road. After sending out pickets, we encamped for the night. Eleventh, advanced about a quarter of a mile, constructed works, and remained until the morning of the twenty-first, when it was discovered that the enemy had evacuated, when we immediately advanced our lines. Moved within one mile of the city, where we are now encamped. There were issued during the campaign eleven days rations; the balance of rations were foraged from the country. There were twenty-five negroes brought along by this command. I have with honor to be, Captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
D. W. Palmer, Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General:
D. W. Palmer, Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General:
William Merrell, Captain Commanding One Hundred and Forty-first Regiment New-York Volunteers.