lighted with the barns and houses, cotton gins, and corncribs fired by the Federals
was forced to turn off by way of Waynesboro
, where he destroyed the bridge and set fire to the town, but Wheeler
arrived in time to extinguish the flames.
hastily barricaded a line which Wheeler
assailed with great spirit, Humes
attacking on the flank.
The enemy was routed, losing a large number in killed, wounded and prisoners, General Kilpatrick
himself escaping with the loss of his hat. In a swamp the fight was renewed, and the enemy again stampeded with the loss of about 200.
Retreating over Buckhead creek
fired the bridge but could not hold his ground long enough to see it burned, and Wheeler
repaired the structure and crossed in pursuit.
His worn-out troopers had now been riding and fighting a night and a day, but before night again arrived he attacked the Federal
line behind their barricades and again sent them flying.
‘During the night,’ Wheeler
sought the protection of his infantry, which he did not venture to forsake again during the campaign.’
The third period of Sherman
's advance, in the first ten days of December, was toward Savannah
in five columns: The Fourteenth corps immediately south of the Savannah river
, the Seventeenth corps on the north side of the Ogeechee
, the Twentieth midway between, and the Fifteenth in two columns south of the Ogeechee
, the southerly column passing through Statesboro
On December ad Sherman
out toward Waynesboro
again, supported by Baird
's division of infantry.
checked the advance at Rocky creek
, but was flanked from this position.
Next day he attacked the enemy in force, and renewed the attack at midnight. On the 3d the Federals
advanced, and Wheeler
threw up barricades and fought desperately, but was pushed back to Waynesboro
Here he was so warmly pressed that it was with difficulty he succeeded in withdrawing from his position, but a gallant