Thursday, November 24, 1864

Milledgeville, Georgia

We left Milledgeville with railroads & depots destroyed to deny an army in our rear. We destroyed factories and some mills but left the state capital building standing. I accompanied the Twentieth Corps with General Slocum, which took the direct road to Sandersville.

General Wheeler, with his division of rebel cavalry, has succeeded in leaving Macon and getting ahead of us between Milledgeville and Augusta. I will shift Kilpatrick to our north to handle Wheeler and keep him away from our left flank.

I have learned that General P. J. Hardee has been dispatched by General Beauregard from Hood’s army to oppose our progress directly in front. He, however, brought with him no troops. He is to rely on his influence with the Georgians, of whose State he was a native, to arouse the people, and with them to annihilate Sherman’s army! I anticipate little opposition to my movement on Savannah.

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