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fire of the enemy's batteries until the morning of the 21st of December. At sunrise of that day I received orders from General Ward to advance my picket-line. The advance found that the enemy had evacuated their works during the night. We captured 36 prisoners (among whom were 2 officers), 5 large guns, and 1 brass piece, with ammunition. My men removed six torpedoes, two on the railroad track and four on the turnpike road leading into the city. I shortly after received orders to move my brigade toward the city and encamp it, which I did.

The casualties during the campaign are as follows. *

Since my command left Atlanta it has subsisted mainly from the country. Up to the time of the capture of Savannah ten days' rations only had been issued by the commissaries. On the march foraging parties were sent our daily from each regiment and found ample supplies, subsistence stores of all kinds, and forage. But four days' rations of forage were brought from Atlanta, and up to the date of this report all the forage that has been used has been taken from the country. I have estimated that the troops of my command have procured from the country 62,000 rations and 13,000 days' forage. It is proper to state that the supplies thus obtained were equal quantity to double rations.

My command captured from the country 21 serviceable horses and 65 mules; besides these a number of animals were taken, which were used on the march and abandoned; also 150 head of cattle and 50 sheep.

Recapitulation. - Captured from the enemy and the country:

Artillery: Number of guns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Prisoners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Rations of subsistence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,000

Days' forage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,000

Horses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Mules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Cattle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Sheep. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Casualties: Officers - wounded (since dead), 1. Enlisted men - wounded, 2; missing, 18. Total, 21.

I have the honor to be, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SAML. ROSS,

Colonel Twentieth Connecticut Infantry, Commanding Brigade.

Captain JOHN SPEED,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Numbers 132. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Philo B. Buckingham, Twentieth Connecticut Infantry. HDQRS. TWENTIETH Regiment CONNECTICUT VOL. INFANTRY, Savannah, Ga., December 24, 1864. +

At 7. 30 a. m. [November 15] it moved out on the Decatur road with the Left Wing, Army of Georgia, to take part in the campaign which has just terminated in the capture of Savannah. The march was continued the first twenty-four hours, with only a halt for dinner at Decatur.

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*Nominal list (here omitted) shows 1 commissioned officer mortally wounded, 2 enlisted men wounded, and 18 enlisted men missing.

+For portion of report (here omitted) relating to operations about Atlanta, see VOL. XXXIX, Part I, p. 692.

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