No. 36. report of Lieut. Col. John Russell, Forty-fourth Illinois Infantry.
Hdqrs. Forty-Fourth regiment Illinois Vols., Camp near Atlanta, September 12, 1864.Sir: I have the honor to present to you the following report of the part taken by the Forty-fourth Regiment Illinois Volunteers: We joined our brigade at Catoosa Springs May 5; marched for Dalton 7th; went into position on Rocky Face Ridge on the 9th; on the 11th had 2 men wounded; on the 13th entered Dalton and marched south; the 14th came up with the enemy at Resaca; was engaged on the 14th and 15th, lost 24 men killed and wounded. On the 17th theregiment was in the advance; we found the enemy near Adairsville intrenched; we engaged them and fought until after dark, when they retreated; we lost 4 killed and 32 wounded. We took part in the operations near Dallas, in which we lost 2 killed and 5 wounded. May 31, our adjutant was mortally wounded and 1 captain severely. In the skirmishing from Dallas to Kenesaw we had 10 men killed and wounded. In the charge on Kenesaw, June  27, we lost: Commissioned officers, 3 wounded; enlisted men, 5 killed and 28 wounded. In the siege of Atlanta the regiment lost, in killed and wounded, 13. August 26, marched toward the right flank of our army and southwest of Atlanta. August 30, was on the skirmish line; came up with the enemy's skirmishers, charged them and drove them back. September 1, we took part with the brigade, by your order, in burning the Macon railroad. At 4 p. m. was in position in front of the enemy near Jonesborough; at 5 o'clock we advanced on the enemy and was ordered by you to charge with my regiment across a field and make a lodgment in the timber on the opposite side, which order my officers and men executed with spirit. In the charge I had 8 men wounded, 3 mortally. September 2, while skirmishing with the enemy on the railroad south of Jonesborough I had 3 men wounded. On the 4th I had 1 man wounded. Here the campaign closed. Sir, I am happy to report to you that although the officers and men were on short rations, and had to work in the intrenchments by day and night, they did not complain, but showed a willingness to do their duty with spirit. Your obedient servant,