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28th. Again at work destroying railroad.

29th. At work on the railroad all day, reaching a point near the Ogeechee River. We left the railroad here and joined the main column. Nothing of importance occurred until December ninth. The regiment, having the advance of the corps, came upon a small body of rebel infantry, with one piece of artillery, intrenched on the road near Monteith. The regiment was quickly deployed, and, advancing through a deep marsh, soon developed the force of the enemy. The First division, Twentieth corps, making a concentrated movement on them, they retreated at double-quick. Some portion of this regiment, being the first to enter the rebel fort, captured two prisoners. Our casualties were none.

December 10.--The regiment moved at an early hour with four wagons, belonging to First brigade Commissary Department, to General Harrison's plantation; loaded the wagons with sweet potatoes and meat, and obtained some three days rations besides. Lieutenant Kellman, proceeding down a by-road, with two companies, came upon two wagons, loaded with ammunition and supplies, which had been abandoned by the rebels. They were brought in and accounted for. Same day we moved within three and a half miles of Savannah. Brigade formed line of battle on the left of railroad, the regiment in reserve, in close column by division.

The evening of December fifteenth, the regiment was ordered to accompany a train of one hundred and sixty-five wagons to King's Bridge, for the purpose of getting a mail and bringing up supplies. Remained at King's Bridge until the twenty-second. Returned with the train to Savannah.

23d. Took position on the left of the brigade, where the regiment remains at present.

During our march from Atlanta the regiment has mainly subsisted on the country. At no time have the men been without meat or potatoes, articles not furnished by the subsistence department. The animals picked up have all been accounted for by the Quartermaster of the regiment.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Henry W. Daboll, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Regiment.


Lieutenant-Colonel Cresson's Report.

headquarters seventy-Third Pennsylvania veteran volunteers, Savannah, Ga., December 26, 1864.
Captain N. K. Bray, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
I have the honor to submit the following record of events connected with this regiment, transpiring from the occupation of Atlanta, Georgia, September second, 1864, to the occupation of Savannah, Georgia, December twenty-first, 1864:

The regiment entered Atlanta the evening of September second, and was posted, September third, on the left of the McDonough road, removing to the right of the road on the fifth, when the regiment went into camp, doing picket, guard, and fatigue-duty on the fortifications, and all duty required of troops at garrison posts; remaining until October sixteenth, when it was ordered out on a forage expedition, under command of Colonel Robinson, commanding First brigade, First division, to the vicinity of Flat Shoals, Georgia; returning and occupying our former camp on the nineteenth, where it remained on duty until the twenty-sixth of the same month, when it was again ordered out on a similar expedition, under General John W. Geary, commanding Second division, Twentieth corps, to the vicinity of Yellow River, Georgia; returning to our previous camp on the twenty-ninth, resuming our regular routine of picket, fatigue-duty, etc.

It remained until November fifth, when it was ordered to strike tents and prepare for marching. Marching about three miles out on the McDonough road, we halted and remained until the day following, (November sixth,) when we were ordered back and occupied our previous camp, in which we remained until November fifteenth, when we again resumed the line of march, having an uninterrupted march with but little variety, subsisting mainly on the country through which we passed, losing no men by straggling or capture, arriving in front of Savannah on December tenth, and were posted on the left of the line, resting on the Savannah River, until the fourteenth of the month, when I was ordered to report with my regiment to Lieutenant-Colonel Jackson, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth New-York volunteers, on Harrison's Island, directly opposite, when I crossed my men in small boats and reported about dusk. The regiment remained in this position, throwing up breastworks ar a protection against the shells of the enemy, who, from a gunboat, and a battery on the main line, directed their missiles incessantly toward a mill, around which we were posted. We remained in this position, strengthening our works every night. Owing to our exposed position, the work could not be done during daylight.

The place being held as a point of observation, every exertion was made by me to obtain, by personal observation, as much of the movements of the enemy as possible. On the evening of the twentieth instant, a noise was heard directly after dark, in the direction of the city, sounding much like the laying of a pontoon-bridge. Especial attention was paid to the noise for about two hours, when, feeling confident that the enemy were throwing a body of troops from the Georgia to the South-Carolina shore, my Adjutant, by order of Lieutenant-Colonel Jackson, crossed the river about ten P. M., and reported the fact of the noise and the opinion of those on the island concerning it, to Colonel P. H. Jones, commanding Second brigade, Second division, Twentieth army corps. The following morning, I was ordered across the river to join the brigade. Crossing, we arrived in the city and at the brigade shortly after noon.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Charles C. Cresson, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Seventy-third Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers.

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