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On assembling with balance of brigade, marched Sandersville, a little in advance of the skirmishoff in a westerly direction, accompanied with a ers of the Fourteenth corps. Two of our men battery of artillery and regiment of cavalry, with were severely wounded, one slightly. We then a view of discovering and capturing the attacking resumed our march south to Tennille, Station party of the morning. Proceeded six miles, to No. 13; skirmishers thrown out on both sides of near Turner's Ferry, Chattahoochee River, when road. Here we commenced tearing up the track faced about and returned on Sandtown road to of the Georgia Central Railroad. We tore up city. about half a mile, and then were sent out as pickets for the brigade, after which we returned to Tennille, where we encamped for the night.
November 13.-Regiment engaged in tearing up and burning railroad between city of Atlanta and Chattahoochee River; tore up and destroyed half a mile.
November 15.-Marched seventeen miles in a south-easterly direction, to foot of Stone Mountain, passing through Decatur and into De Kalb County, where our brigade did picket-duty.
November 27.-Marched eighteen miles east, to Davisboro, Station No. 12, Georgia Central Railroad. Crossed Williamson Swamp Creek.
November 28.-Marched eleven miles east, to Spiers Station No. 11, tearing up and destroying about half a mile of track. Passed into Jeffer
November 16.-Marched ten miles in a north-son County. easterly direction to two miles east of Yellow November 29.-Marched eight miles east, to River. Crossed river at Rock Bridge, and passed into Gumneth County.
November 17.-Marched thirteen miles east, to three miles beyond Sheffield, and into Newton and Walton counties; crossed Big and Little Haynes Creeks.
November 18.- Marched twenty-one miles south-east, to five miles east of Rutledge, passing through Social Circle and Rutledge, to within four miles of Madison.
November 19.-Marched four miles east to Madison, passing through the town, thence south four miles toward Eatonton, and passed into Morgan County.
November 20.-Marched thirteen miles south to five miles north of Eatonton, county-town of Putnam County.
November 21.—Marched eighteen miles south to Little River, passing through Eatonton.
November 22.-Marched twelve miles to Milledgeville, the capital of Georgia, which was surrendered to our forces without opposition. Our brigade marched through the city on the advance. Crossed the Oconee River, and encamped about a mile from the city, in Baldwin County.
November 23.-Rested near Milledgeville. November 24.-Marched fifteen miles to within three miles of Hebron P. O. Crossed Town, Gum, and Bluff Creeks, and entered Washington County.
November 25.-Marched four miles east to Buffalo Creek, passing through Hebron P. O., thence four miles east of Buffalo Creek. Were delayed at creek some little time by burning of bridge across it, and camped four miles from Sandersville.
November 26.-Started at six A.M., our regiment being on the right of the division, the Ninth Illinois cavalry being the advance-guard. We had not proceeded far before the cavalry were fired upon by the enemy. Our regiment was then deployed as skirmishers, with four companies in reserve. We then advanced, crossing a creek which the enemy had made impassable for our cavalry by falling timber and other obstructions. We commenced skirmishing with the rebels at this point, but drove them rapidly for about four miles, and entered the town of VOL. IX.-Doc. 5
Bostwick, tearing up and destroying about half a mile of track, also destroyed a large lumber yard of bridge timber; thence one mile to camp.
November 30.-Marched eight miles north-west to near Louisville; crossed Ogeechee River, and encamped three miles south-east of the town of Louisville.
December 1.-Marched thirteen miles east to near Janes's Mill Creek, crossing Dug Spring, Baker's and Camp Creeks, passed into Burke County.
December 2.-Marched fifteen miles east to Buckhead Church, crossed Janes's Mill and Buckhead Creeks; passed through Birdsville.
December 3.-Marched sixteen miles east to three miles north of Millen; passed Camp Lawton, and into Scriven County; crossed Little Buckhead Creek, and Waynesboro Railroad.
December 4.-Marched sixteen miles east to six miles south-east of Sylvania; crossed Little Ogeechee River at Hunter's Mill.
December 5.-Marched two miles south-east, and camped eight miles south-east of Sylvania.
December 6.-Marched eleven miles south-east to sixteen miles north-west of Springfield; passed into Effingham County.
December 7.-Marched fifteen miles south-east to one mile north-west of Springfield; crossed Turkey Branch Creek.
December 8.-Marched twelve miles south-west to near Eden; passed through Springfield.
December 9.-Marched three miles south to the Monteith road; thence along this road south-east to the Monteith Swamp, which the road crosses fourteen miles from Savannah. Here we found the rebels had built two forts across the road, which was also obstructed by felled timber. Our brigade was sent to the right of the forts, formed in two lines in a rice-swamp. The rebels opened upon us with one piece of artillery; a charge was then made upon the fort, which the rebels evacuated before we reached. Encamped near it for the night, having marched nine miles.
December 10.-Marched on the Monteith pike about five miles; struck the Charleston and Savannah Railroad'; tore up and burned quarter of a mile of it; then moved to within about five miles of Savannah, when our regiment was placed
in reserve, in rear of the One Hundred and Fiftieth New-York volunteers, and about a mile from the rebel works.
December 11.-Moved at seven P.M. from the second line of the front; encamped in line of battle.
December 12.-Took position in line of battle to left of and between Savannah turnpike and river, and to the north of Pipemaker's Creek. December 13.-Threw up breastworks in front of regiment.
December 16.-Crossed Savannah River at Cummings's Ferry, to Argyle Island, in flat-boats. We threw up breastworks on the north-east side of island.
December 19.--According to order, this regiment, together with the Second Massachusetts and Third Wisconsin volunteers, crossed to the South-Carolina shore at seven A.M. in flat-boats. Skirmishers were thrown out; the regiment took position to protect the right; the right, resting on Hog Island Creek, landed on South Carolina shore, near Izard's Mill. Our regiment was then moved further to the left, to Smith's House, Beech Hill, where it threw up breastworks; one company being sent to Colonel Hawley, to assist in capturing a hill.
December 20.-Three companies joined with other detachments, under command of Colonel Hawley, to make reconnoissance. Late in the afternoon were severely shelled by gunboat in river. During night, heard much noise, as of moving of troops in our front, which was afterward found to be the evacuation of Savannah. December 21.-Crossed river to Argyle Island, and part of regiment over to Georgia shore.
December 22.-Crossed balance of regiment to Georgia shore, and marched seven miles south to two miles from Savannah, taking position near river, and opposite Hutchinson Island.
I am, sir, with much respect, your obedient servant, FRED. H. HARRIS, Major Commanding Thirteenth New-Jersey Volunteers.
List of Casualties to Thirteenth New-Jersey Volunteers during campaign ending with occupation of Savannah.
November 6.-Private Martin Gruber, company F, deserted or captured on march.
November 22.-Private Euseph Meyer, company F, deserted or captured on march.
November 26.-Private James Peterson, company C, wounded, knee, severe, near Sandersville. November 26.--Private John M. Hill, company C, wounded, thigh, severe, near Sandersville. December 10.-Private George Hohing, company F, wounded, finger, slight, on railroad. December 18.-Private John Keough, company E, wounded, hand, severe, accident.
COLONEL HAWLEY'S REPORT.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD WISCONSIN VETERAN
NEAR SAVANNAH, GA., December 25, 1864. CAPTAIN: I have the honor to submit the following as the report of the operations of this
regiment from the occupation of Atlanta, Georgia, September second, 1864, to the present date. On the day of the occupation of Atlanta, my regiment went into camp with the brigade on the east side of the city, near the Augusta Railroad. It occupied this position until October seventeenth, when it marched on an expedition for forage, with a body of troops under command of Brigadier-General Geary. The regiment was absent four days on this expedition, and marched, in all, fifty miles. I have no means of knowing the amount of supplies obtained. On returning to the city, the regiment went into camp on the north-west side of the city, near the Chattanooga Railroad. While there, the time was mainly occupied in picket-duty, drill, etc. On the twentysecond of October, it went on another foraging expedition, under command of Colonel E. A. Carman, which lasted three days. The distance marched was forty-four miles. The amount of supplies obtained was unknown to me. On returning, the regiment went into its old camp.
November 2.-The regiment marched, with the Thirteenth New-Jersey, One Hundred and Fiftieth New-York, and Twenty-seventh Indiana, of the same brigade, with one section of artillery and a small body of cavalry-all the force being under the command of Colonel E. A. Carmanon a reconnoissance in the direction of the Chattahoochee River. We returned the same day, without meeting with either enemy or casualty. The whole distance marched was fifteen miles.
November 13.-The regiment moved in the direction of Chattahoochee Bridge, five miles, and assisted in the destruction of the railroad from that point to Atlanta. Distance marched, ten miles. Amount of road destroyed not known.
November 15.-Started with the balance of the army on the expedition to this city. Passed through Decatur, and went into camp on the railroad near Stone Mountain. Distance marched, fourteen miles.
November 16.-Marched seven miles, and went into camp near Yellow River.
November 17.--Marched fourteen miles, and went into camp near Gum Creek.
November 18.-Marched eighteen miles, and camped near Social Circle.
November 19.-Marched twelve miles, passing through Madison, and arriving in camp at an early hour. Here I was directed by the Colonel commanding brigade to conduct an expedition into the country for supplies; furnishing me, for this purpose, four wagons. On this expedition, I marched eight miles, and loaded my wagons with molasses, hogs, bacon, and potatoes. These supplies were turned over to the Brigade Commissary.
November 20.-Marched ten miles toward Ea
November 21.-Marched twelve miles, passing through Eatonton, and went into camp at Dennis Station.
November 22.-Marched thirteen miles to Milledgeville. Arriving near the city, the corps was halted, and, by direction of Major-General com
manding left wing, I entered the place at the head of my own regiment and the One Hundred and Seventh New-York volunteer infantry, and assumed command of the post. During my short stay in Milledgeville, I received orders direct from the Major-General commanding left wing of the army. My duties mainly consisted in patrolling the streets, ascertaining the amount of public and other property captured, and guarding the same, and maintaining, so far as my limited means would allow, good order in the city. The following is a list of the property seized, with the disposition made of the same: Two thousand three hundred muskets, smooth-bore, calibre 69, burned; ten thousand rounds cartridges, calibre 69, burned; three hundred sets accoutrements, burned; five thousand lances, burned; one thousand five hundred cutlasses, burned; fifteen boxes United States standard weights and measures, burned; one hundred and seventy boxes fixed artillery ammunition, thrown into the river; two hundred kegs powder, thrown into the river; sixteen hogsheads salt, thrown into the river. A large amount of cotton, say one thousand eight hundred bales, was disposed of by General Sherman. The manner of disposition was not made known to me. About one thousand five hundred pounds tobacco was taken by my order, and distributed among the troops generally. Beside the property above enumerated, a large lot of miscellaneous articles, such as harness, saddles, canteens, tools for repairing war materials, caps, etc., was burned in the building situated in the square, near the State House. I remained in command of the post till November twenty-fourth, when, by order of Major-General Slocum, I rejoined my brigade, being relieved by Colonel commanding Nineteenth Kentucky volunteers - name not known. Marched, same day, fourteen miles to near Bluff Creek.
on both sides of the track, and extending a quarter of a mile. This yard contained the worked timber for four completed railroad bridges, besides a large quantity of sawed ties and boards. The whole lot is variously estimated at from one to five million feet. I think three million feet a fair estimate.
November thirtieth, marched eight miles, crossing the Ogeechee River, and went into camp three miles beyond.
December first, marched ten miles, crossing Dry Creek, going into camp at an early hour. December second, marched fifteen miles, and went into camp near Janes's Mill Creek.
December third, marched fourteen miles, crossing the Millen and Augusta Railroad.
December fourth, marched twelve miles, and went into camp near Hunter's Mills.
December fifth, marched three miles, and went into camp.
December sixth, marched ten miles toward Springfield.
December seventh, marched eleven miles, and went into camp one mile south-east of Springfield.
December eighth, marched ten miles, and went into camp.
December ninth, changed the direction of our march, and took the direct Savannah road. After marching about four miles, the enemy were found strongly intrenched, and occupying two small forts, directly in our front, entirely covering the road over which we had to pass. At this point the First division, being in the advance, was halted, and formed for the attack in the following order: Second brigade, Colonel E. A. Carman, on the right; First brigade, Colonel Selfridge, in the centre; Third brigade, Colonel Robinson, on the left. The Second brigade, in order to gain the rear of the enemy, if possible, made a detour November 25.-Marched to Hebron. On this to the right, moving by the flank a distance of march, the command was delayed six hours by one mile, gaining a position in a rice swamp, the burning of the bridge over Buffalo Creek by through which the rear of the forts could be the enemy. Whole distance marched, nine miles. reached. My regiment, with the Second MassaNovember twenty-sixth, marched to Tennille chusetts infantry on its right, was formed in line Station, on the Savannah and Macon Railroad, of battle in the rice-swamp; the balance of the tia Sandersville, the advance of the brigade brigade was formed on the left in the woods. skirmishing slightly with the enemy. Although An advance was then made in the above order my regiment advanced in line of battle for several for nearly one mile, when the skirmish ling miles, the enemy retreated so rapidly before the became engaged, and the brigade was halted. I advance-guard, that my regiment did not come remained in this position without orders to adup with him. At Tennille, my regiment was vance, until the enemy, being hard pressed by placed directly on the railroad, without going the Third brigade, who had gained the right into camp, and destroyed the road until dark. flank of his position, began to retreat. I then Amount destroyed say half a mile. moved on rapidly, without orders; but the November twenty-seventh, marched twelve swamp was so deep, and the enemy having a miles to Davisboro. good road at his command, it was impossible for November twenty-eighth, commenced the de- us to overtake him. After following him a disstruction of the railroad in the morning. March- tance of two miles, I returned by your order, and ed thirteen miles, passing through Key West, went into camp near the enemy's deserted works. and went into camp at Spears Station. The only casualty on this day was one officer, Captain Buck, wounded. Three of the enemy were captured by my skirmish line. Distance marched this day, six miles.
November twenty-ninth, marched eight miles, destroying railroad track, going into camp near Bostwick. On this day's march my regiment destroyed at least two miles of track, besides burning a large lumber and timber yard, situated
December tenth, marched at daylight, reached the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, halted,