The fighting at the South.
seems to be becoming more timid in his movements, or more exhausted in his ability to advance his army.
For five days, up to last Friday, his average marching had been only five miles per day. This delay is, of course, most dangerous to him. It gives the Confederates
time (which was about all they wanted) to gather troops in his front.
He has wasted too much time to think now about obliging to his right and marching for Brunswick
, on the Georgia coast
, and must, of necessity, strike for Savannah
, or Beaufort, South Carolina
, the nearest point.
He was expected by the Yankee
fleet at Savannah
as early as Sunday, the 26th ultimo, and all that night the Federal
shipping off that point was throwing up signal rockets for his information.
He not gotten as far as Millen
on last Friday; and the telegraph line to that point was working at that time.
All the ferries on the Savannah river
are guarded, and all means of crossing the men have been put out of his way. The Charleston Mercury
of the 2d gives an account of our victory at Grahamsville
, South Carolina
, on Wednesday.
The enemy's force consisted of five thousand negro infantry, from Beaufort
, and fifteen hundred white artillerymen.
Our forces were under the command of Major General Gustavus W. Smith
"At 11 o'clock on Wednesday morning the enemy's advance, preceded by sixteen pieces of artillery playing upon our lines, attacked General Smith
at a place called Honey Hill
, three miles east of the village of Grahamsville
Our strength at that time consisted of fourteen hundred muskets and seven pieces of artillery.
We had some few embrasures for open batteries and slight entrenchments on the right and left; but our line was necessarily extended, owing to the superiority of the enemy in numbers, and much of it was both light and unprotected.
This, however, only emboldened our men to greater deeds, and they fought the battle throughout with an energy and resolution worthy of veterans.
The fight lasted until dark, and the enemy made several desperate charges against our line, but it stood firm and repulsed every attack, finally driving back the enemy's right and centre; but their left stood unmoved at the close of the action.
For six hours our men maintained the fight without relief.
Late in the day, General Robertson
arrived with the Thirty-second Georgia, a battery of artillery and a company of cavalry, in time to render most effective aid. Night came in to close the engagement, which was conducted with vigor on both sides.
"The repulse of the enemy was complete.
The enemy's losses exceeded five hundred killed and wounded, while, on our side, they were less than one hundred--between ten and fifteen killed, and about eighty wounded.
"After nightfall on Wednesday, the enemy quietly retired for a distance of three miles towards the cover of their gunboats.
Before dawn on Wednesday, several additional transports, carrying troops, were seen steaming up Broad river
, doubtless bringing reinforcements to the discomfited foe.
"On Thursday morning, the enemy's land forces remained quiet; but the gunboats kept up a pretty constant fire of shells towards our lines.
Up to 2 o'clock there had been no renewal whatever of the fighting.
Long ere this our force has been strengthened by heavy reinforcements, and when next the enemy advances to 'feel' our lines, we trust to chronicle a still more glorious victory."
The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle
has some facts about Sherman
's march in Georgia
, from which we take a few paragraphs:
"The two wings of Sherman
's army united at Milledgeville
, where they staid three days.
"In their route they destroyed, as far as possible, all mills, cribs and gin houses, cotton screws, and gins, cotton, implements, etc., and carried off all stock, provisions and negroes.
"When their horses gave out they shot them.
they killed over one hundred.
they only destroyed the arsenal, depot and penitentiary.--They did not burn the factory near that place.
"Along their route the road was strewn with dead negro women and children.
, the Federals
hung a man by the name of Smith
, but life was not extinct when he was cut down.
"The farmers having devoted a large share of their attention this fall to syrup making there is a large quantity of corn yet ungathered in the field, which was left by the Federals
But there is not a horse or ox in the country, hence the saving of the corn will be a difficult matter.
The enemy were under strict discipline when privates were found on private property they were severed on punished by order of General Sherman
Of course, stragglers committed depredations with impunity.
"The right wing of the Federal
army, under General Howard
, crossed the Okmulgee river between Adams's Ferry and Macon
It is said that the town of Forsyth
was completely demolished.
"The Federals expressed great astonishment at the rich country they were passing through and the abundance of provisions in it.
"The people of Madison
are indebted to Hon. Joshua Hill
for his strenuous exertions to have their property protected.
It was owing to his efforts solely that they were spared.
gave orders to the citizens along his route to shoot down his stragglers without mercy.
"One punishment inflicted by some of the Federal
generals for plundering was severe whipping."