War of the Rebellion: Serial 050 Page 0929 Chapter XLII. THE CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN.

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First and one company from the Third Battalion were sent to Murfreesborough to complete fortifications. The remainder of the brigade left camp at Elk River at 7 a.m., going via Winchester. Went into camp at 5 a.m. 2 miles from Salem. Roads ba, on account of heavy rain that day.

August 17.-At 6 a.m. broke camp, taking the Bellefonte road. Traveled down Larkin's Fork of Paint Rock River. Crossed the same twenty-eight times. Roads bad and stony. Encamped 7 miles from Hinche's Crossing at 6 p.m.

August 18.-Broke camp at 5 a.m., crossed Paint Rock, and commenced the ascent of the mountain. Got only a small portion of the train up an encamped on the mountain side.

August 19.-Spent the entire day in getting the train up.

August 20.-At 6 a.m. broke camp, and, going down the mountain, reached Bellefonte at 6 p.m. Went into camp.

August 21.- At 5 a.m. left camp, and, crossing Mud and Crow Creeks, reached Stevenson, Ala, at 1 p.m., and went into camp 1 mile north of town. The most of the time was spent by the effective force of the brigade in pontoon drill.

August 28-29.-Forwarded pontoons to the river and laid the bridge.

August 31.-At 9 a.m. left camp, leaving one company with bridge at Stevenson. Reached Bridgeport at 7 a.m.

The brigade remained in camp at Bridgeport, Ala., up to the 14th of the month [September] engaged in constructing one pontoon and two pontoon-and-trestle (combined) bridges, and working on fortifications for defense of bridges, building platforms for commissary and quartermaster's stores,&c.

On the 14th, the brigade broke camp at 4.30 a.m., and, crossing the river, marching over rough, mountainous roads, camped near Running Water railroad bridge, 16 miles from Chattanooga, at 6 p.m.

Left camp on the 15th, at 5 a.m., and, crossing Lookout Mountain, reached Chattanooga [and] encamped at 5 p.m. Throughout the entire length of the route the roads were rough and dusty.

The brigade has been very busy during the remaining time constructing two trestle bridges across the Tennessee River, repairing and running steamboats and saw-mills, repairing roads, and working on fortifications,&c.


Semi-weekly report of effective force of the Pioneer Brigade, Captain Patrick O'Connell, First Ohio Volunteer Infantry,commanding.

Command. Commi Enl Total Comm Enlis Total

ssion ist issi ted

ed ed oned men

offic men


Headquarters 13 22 35

Pioneer Brigade.

First Battalion, 21 374 395


C. J. Stewart

Second 6 56 62

Battalion, Captai

n Correl Smith.

Third Battalion, 20 427 447


R. Clements

Total 13 22 35 47 857 904

Command. Commissioned Enlisted Aggregate.

officers. men.

Headquarters 13 22 35

Pioneer Brigade

First Battalion, 21 374 395

Captain C. J. Stewart

Second Battalion, 6 56 62

Captain Correll


Third Battalion, 20 427 447

Captain R. Clements

Total 60 879 939


Captain First Ohio Vol. Inf. Comdg. Pioneer Brigade.

THURSDAY, September 10, 1863.