Doc. 9. regimental reports.
Lieutenant-Colonel Van Voorhees's Report.
headquarters one hundred and Thirty-Seventh New-York volunteers, Savannah, Georgia, December 24, 1864.Captain: I have the honor to submit the following regimental report of the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh New-York volunteers, commencing with the occupation of Atlanta, Georgia, on the second day of September, 1864; paragraph I. embracing a summary of events while remaining in that city, and paragraph II., a compend, in diary form, of the campaign, commencing on the fifteenth day of November, and. ending on the twenty-first day of December, 1864: I. On the morning of the third of September, the regiment was encamped in the rear of a fort on the right of the Macon turnpike, on the south side of the city, as a support for a battery planted there. On the tenth of same month, David Ireland, Colonel of this regiment, and commanding Third brigade, Second division, Twentieth corps, died of dysentery. On the twelfth, we moved, and were encamped, with the other regiments of the brigade, on a line, this regiment being third in line. While in this camp, brigade dress-parades were held whenever practicable; also, brigade, battalion, company, and squad drills, officers' schools, etc. ; meanwhile furnishing details for picket and fatigue, ranging in number from forty (40) to seventy-five (75) men daily. On the twenty-fifth, were reviewed by Major-General Slocum, General Sherman being present. On the twenty-ninth of September, also on the first of October, we took part in division-drills, conducted by Brigadier-General Geary. October tenth, started on a foraging expedition, which proved highly successful; returning on the thirteenth, having marched about forty (40) miles. On the nineteenth, in company with the brigade, we embarked on a train for East-Point; after reaching which place, we marched about two miles on the West-Point Railroad, where we stood guard while the track was torn up by a negro gang, the iron being loaded on the train to be sent to repair the track on the Chattanooga Railroad near Resaca. On the two following days, were employed similarly taking up the iron also on the Macon road, four (4) miles below East-Point. On Sunday, October twenty-fourth, the regiment was hurriedly ordered out with the brigade, to march toward East-Point to support the Second brigade, Second division, who, being in that vicinity after railroad iron, were reported to have been attacked by a rebel force. After marching in that direction about a mile, we halted and stacked arms. After remaining about three hours, we returned to camp, affairs with the Second brigade having terminated all right. On the twenty-sixth, we again started on an expedition for forage via Decatur. Returned on the twenty-ninth, after having marched about fifty( 50) miles, obtaining an abundant supply of forage. November fifth, pursuant to orders, we struck tents, and at three P. M., formed line and started with the brigade, and marched a little over a mile out of the city on the McDonough road, and encamped for the night, and on the morning of the sixth, marched back to the city and reoccupied our former camps. On the morning of the ninth, a rebel force having attacked our picket-line near the Macon Railroad, we were ordered at once to fall in, and took the double-quick to the outer line of breastworks, when the rebels, after throwing a few shells at us, rapidly fell back, and we quietly returned to camp. Nothing further of importance occurred until the morning of II. Tuesday, November fifteenth, when, in pursuance of orders received previously, we formed line at seven A. M., starting at half-past 7 A. M., moved out of the city on the Decatur road at two P. M., halted near Decatur for dinner. After dinner, resumed the march, which was continued until half-past 4 A. M., on Wednesday, November sixteenth, when we halted, rested, and breakfasted, resuming the march at fifteen minutes past seven A. M. Camped for the night at fifteen minutes past seven P. M.; marching distance from Atlanta being about twenty-seven (27) miles. Thursday, November seventeenth, left camp at fifteen minutes past five A. M., marching in a north-easterly direction, the Third brigade in advance, and this regiment as advance-guard. Encamped at five P. M. within three miles of Social Circle, marching this day about twenty (20) miles. Friday, November eighteenth, took up line of march at half-past 5 A. M., halting soon after in the road to allow wagon-train to pass; started again at half-past 7 A. M., halting in the village of Rutledge for dinner. Encamped within a mile of Madison at half-past 6 P. M., having marched about eighteen (18) miles. Saturday, November nineteenth, left camp at five A. M.; marched through Madison at daybreak in a moderate rain, which ceased about seven o'clock. Halted near Buckhead for dinner. At four P. M., encamped for the night. After stacking arms, proceeded to tear up track on the Augusta Railroad; working with the division about two hours and a half. Distance marched this day, about fifteen (15) miles. Sunday, November twentieth, fell in at half-past 7 A. M., and marched south from the railroad, on the west bank of the Oconee River. Encamped at five P. M., after having marched about fifteen (15) miles. Monday, November twenty-first, left our encampment at eight A. M., marching in a southerly direction; raining hard the greater part of the day. Halted for the night at five P. M.; marched about twelve (12) miles. Tuesday, November twenty-second, we left camp at forty-five minutes past six A. M., and about noon, crossed Little River on a pontoon-bridge. About half-past 4 P. M., came in sight of Milledgeville. After numerous halts, we at last entered the city, and passing through the city, crossed the Oconee River on a toll-bridge, and encamped about a mile from the river, going