rd Corps, on reaching the river, had to send all the artillery and ambulances to the Germania Ford.— Gen. Birney: Testimony before the Committee on the Conduct of the War. During this day's march Gen. Meade caused a despatch to be read announcing Grant's great victories at Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, and stating that he had taken 20,000 prisoners. This, by the by, is a good specimen of such despatches.
The actual number officially reported by Grant was 6,142.
But we were destined to mGrant was 6,142.
But we were destined to move on and cross the river at Germania Ford, a few miles lower down, and being now in the rear, partly through loss of time in the mire, and partly from misdirection, we were condemned to the misery of waiting for those in advance to cross.
We afterwards learned that Warren's Second Corps, which crossed at this ford, was ahead of us, and must cross first. And it was misery without any discount.
The column would move on a few steps and halt.
Thereupon cannoneers would seek some tolerably co