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[446] Atlanta about the middle of November, on its march to the sea. Lieutenant Storrow, in his Captain's absence, commanded his company through the whole campaign, until after the fall of Savannah. His letters, after communication was reopened, gave vivid pictures of the great march.

Argyle's Island, Savannah River, camp Second Massachusetts Infantry, December 18, 1864.
dear mother,—The long-wished — for mail reached us yesterday; there were twenty tons for the whole army, and great was the rejoicing over it. We have been cut off from all communication with God's country, as the North is styled, for six weeks: our only source of information being the Rebel papers, not the most reliable possible. We have had a nice little walk of three hundred miles, straight through the heart of the richest State in the Confederacy, and are now in front of Savannah, with our water base established, and the “cracker line ” open. Atlanta has been evacuated, but the evacuating army left in a different direction from what some people imagined, I won't say hoped, it would. The army has met with but trifling opposition up to the present time, and I think Savannah will be ours soon. . . . . We have lived almost entirely upon the country, and very fat living it was; no end of chickens, ducks, turkeys, beef, pork, sweet potatoes, molasses, honey, flour, and meal. For the last seventy or eighty miles, however, it fell off very much, and for a week before the “cracker line” was opened, we lived on little or nothing; rice, threshed and shucked by ourselves, being the chief of our diet. This caused much joy on receipt of the news of the capture of Fort McAllister in fifteen minutes, by the army, after having defied the utmost attempts of the navy for two years. The greatest defence of Savannah is the belt of swamps with which she is girdled. The gaps of dry land which occur here and there are covered by works. Madam Rumor hath it that the garrison consists of but eight or ten thousand men, mostly raw.


He gives an exceedingly graphic picture of the way in which Sherman's army reduced the destruction of railways almost to a branch of scientific engineering.

camp Second Massachusetts Infantry, near Savannah, December 24, 1864.
That afternoon we struck the Macon and Savannah Railroad at Ten Mile Station, and commenced tearing up track at that place.


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