eassured by the cessation of our pursuit, sent a flag of truce to our advanced lines at Catoosa, by Major Calhoun Benham, requesting permission to bury his dead and care for his wounded abandoned on the field of his last disaster at Ringgold.
Copies of this correspondence have heretofore been forwarded.
Also on the thirtieth, under instructions from department headquarters, Gross's brigade, Cruft's division, marched for the old battle-field at Chickamauga to bury our dead; and on the first of December, the infantry and cavalry remaining left Ringgold — Geary and Cruft to return to their old camps, and Osterhaus to encamp in Chattanooga valley.
The reports of the commanders exhibit a loss in the campaign, including all the engagements herein reported, in killed, wounded, and missing, of nine hundred and sixty.
Inconsiderable in comparison with my apprehension, or the ends accomplished, nevertheless, there is cause for the deepest regret and sorrow.
Among the fallen are some of t
good judgment in the thickest torrents of leaden rain and iron hail.
The rebels having been compelled to return to their own side of the house, seemed perfectly willing to stay there.
About this time orders were given to cease hostilities until the dead and wounded could be removed.
The remainder of the evening was silent.
Both sides were tired from their hard day's work.
November thirtieth, we still remained in the ditches; an occasional fire.
The rebels make no advances.
December first, still in the rifle-pits.
Some firing all around the lines.
Second and third, no fighting of any consequence; now and then a shot.
December fourth, about three o'clock in the morning Sherman's advance came up. We kept in readiness all day to move out. No advances on either side.
December fifth, after having been closely besieged twenty days, early in the morning, we prepared to march.
About nine o'clock A. M., we started — Shackleford's corps — our regiment in front; crossed the