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Sunday, December eleventh, were in line at half-past 7 A. M., and after marching about a mile on the main road, “filed left” on a cross-road, and again filing left from the cross-road, the regiment was deployed as skirmishers. The extreme right and left of the line were well advanced, and the regiment was then advanced with extreme caution toward some negro houses, about a dozen in number, when the line was straightened, and we then found we were in close proximity to the enemy's skirmishers, and shots were exchanged lively. It was not deemed prudent to advance the line further, owing to its exposing the left flank, and on communicating with Colonel Barnum, commanding brigade, he promptly sent the One Hundred and Second New-York veteran volunteers, which deployed and connected on my left. About two P. M., it was deemed advisable to charge, and drive them, if possible, from the ruins of some buildings which afforded them a desirable shelter. One company of the One Hundred and Second started with a yell, which this regiment took up, and advancing rapidly, soon drove them inside their works. Our line was established within about two hundred (200) yards of their works. This regiment lost first sergeant killed, and two (2) privates wounded.

Monday, December twelfth, at one o'clock A. M., we were ordered to fall in, as our brigade were to charge the works in our front. The arrangements were completed at about four A. M., when the order was countermanded. The enemy shelled us at different times during the day. Weather very cold.

Tuesday, December thirteenth, skirmish and artillery-firing was quite brisk by the enemy all day. We were very busy in strengthening our works, and at night established skirmish-pits in our front.

Wednesday, December fourteenth, remained in same position all day. Order received from Major-General Sherman, announcing the capture of Fort McAllister by the Second division, Fifteenth corps, thereby opening communication with the fleet and General Foster.

Thursday, December fifteenth, nothing unusual occurred this day.

Friday, December sixteenth, a rebel gunboat came up the river to-day, and fired several shots very near us. At night a fort was laid out near the bank of the river on our left.

Saturday, December seventeenth, received first mail from the North since leaving Atalanta.

Monday, December nineteenth, fresh hard bread was issued to-day, causing a feeling of general satisfaction among the men. A mail left the brigade.

Tuesday, December twentieth, at dark the regiment was detailed to work on a fort in front of the right of our brigade, called Fort No. 3, where we worked until half-past 1 A. M., on

Wednesday, December twenty-first; when, it being completed, we returned to camp, and soon after noticed signs of the enemy's evacuation of the city, which was ascertained by Colonel Barnum sending a detail of ten (10) men from the One Hundred and Second New-York veteran volunteers across to their works, under command of Captain Samuel B. Wheelock, of this regiment, to be true; when the brigade moved forward, immediately occupying their works, and from thence moved directly into the city, arriving at the City Hall at fifteen minutes past six A. M., when the brigade was formed in column by regiments, and Brigadier-General John M. Geary, commanding division, took formal possession of the city, complimenting our brave brigade and its courteous and thorough commander in a fine speech, and soon after Colonel H. A. Barnum addressed the brigade in a neat and appropriate speech. We were soon after assigned to duty as provost-guard.

Thus closed one of the most gigantic and successful campaigns ever projected, and most certainly ever participated in by this regiment.

The casualties of this regiment during the campaign are as follows: Commissioned officers killed, none; commissioned officers wounded, none; enlisted men killed, one; enlisted men wounded, eight; enlisted men missing, four. Total, thirteen.

Respectfully submitted.

K. S. Van Voorhees, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Regiment.


Lieutenant-Colonel Daboll's Report.

headquarters Fifth regiment Connecticut veteran volunteers, near Savannah, Ga., December 26, 1864.
Captain: I have the honor to submit the following report of movements of this regiment, since the occupation of Atlanta, Georgia, September second, 1864:

October 21.--We received orders to march as a portion of guard to a wagon-train of some eight hundred teams. We moved in the direction of Flat Shoals eighteen miles, assisted in loading the train with corn, and returned to Atlanta on the twenty-fourth.

29th. Moved with the First brigade to Decatur, and formed portion of rear-guard to a forage train, coming in same day.

November 5.--Moved out of the city three miles, encamped for the night, and returned to the city next day.

15th. Regiment marched as advance-guard of Twentieth army corps in direction of Stone Mountain. We continued our march with the main column each day, nothing worthy of note occurring, until November twentieth, when a small party of rebel cavalry made a dash on our rear, capturing some eight stragglers, three of them being members of this regiment.

22d. Reached Milledgeville, the capital of the State.

23d. At work all day destroying the Gordon and Milledgeville Railroad, the regiment tearing up about two and one half miles of track. Moved with the main column until the twenty-Zzz, when we were again at work on the railroad, tearing up about a mile of track and destroying four large warehouses at Tennille Station, on the Macon road.


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