On the March to Burton Station, Georgia with Blair’s Corp.
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, November 29, 1864.
Major General O. O. HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing, Army of Georgia:
The general commanding directs me to acknowledge receipt of your dispatch of this evening, and to say that your order of movement for tomorrow is all right, except that he does not wish the Fifteenth Corps to cross the Ogeechee until he learns positively where the enemy propose to resist us. We find here that a brigade of the Twentieth Corps is in possession of the Ogeechee railroad bridge, having broken the railroad all the way up from Station 15. He has also learned that Kilpatrick was engaged in fighting the enemy yesterday north and east of Louisville, and rumors of intention to offer us battle about Millen reach us. Tomorrow the Seventeenth Corps will cross at 95; and as soon as the commanding general can learn definitely the state of affairs north and east of the Ogeechee, he will give more definite orders concerning the Fifteenth Corps. In the meantime, he wishes that corps to be kept well in hand, ready to move rapidly to turn the position at Millen by crossing at Paramore’s Hill.
Should you fail to receive orders, always move toward Savannah, keeping abreast or ahead of the Seventeenth Corps, crossing the Ogeechee only when necessary to meet an enemy. There is a rumor of Longstreet and his corps coming to Augusta; but the general thinks Longstreet is there in person with fragments of troops collected from Charleston and North Carolina, but that the corps remains still in Virginia. The probabilities are that the Seventeenth Corps will move substantially along the railroad, whilst the Left Wing, with Kilpatrick’s cavalry, will move about eight or ten miles to the north of Millen, keeping up the feint toward Augusta as long as we deem it necessary.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
W.H. HITCHCOCK, Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
GENERAL SLOCUM’S HEADQUARTERS, Near Louisville, GA., November 29, 1864.
Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:
I have the honor to report the safe arrival of General Kilpatrick with his command on Big Creek, three miles from Louisville, at 10 a. m. today. The particulars of the expedition I will give you more fully in person some time tomorrow.
We burned the bridge, about 120 feet long, over Brier Creek, four miles north of Waynesborough, during Saturday night. Captured at Waynesborough a train of 8 box and 3 platform cars and a locomotive, all of which were burned, the cargo, hogs for Augusta, turned loose.
We encamped Sunday night on the railroad, toward Millen, building fires for nearly two miles. The prisoners had been moved to a point 100 miles south of Savannah, on the Gulf railroad, so reported by one of our escaped prisoners who joined us. Augusta papers of 25th report Bragg at that place (people say Longstreet also) and Hardee at Millen. Wheeler met us at Sylvan Grove at 11 p. m. on Saturday, and kept up a most persistent attack from that time until last evening, when we handsomely repulsed his charge. We lost yesterday over 100.
The enemy having no artillery, and charging our barricades mounted, and being repulsed with artillery and Spencer rifles, could not have gone unhurt. The Augusta papers say you, not being able to whip Hood, were compelled to retreat in this way. Our route was across Long Bridge, Factory Gibson, Sylvan Grove, Woodburn, Waynesborough, back across Rocky Creek, Rocky Creek Church, Buck Head Creek, and Louisville. Country generally very open; forage in abundance.
JOS. C. AUDENRIED, Captain, U. S. Army, and Aide-de-Camp.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Cross-Roads, opposite Station 10, November 29, 1864.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:
I have the honor to report my command in camp tonight, as follows, viz: The Seventeenth Corps on Rocky Creek, ten or twelve miles from the river; the First Division, Fifteenth Corps, at Summerville, where the road from 95 intersects the Savannah road; my headquarters are at cross-roads, opposite Station 10, some five miles west of General Woods’; the remainder of the Fifteenth Corps is at Sutherland’s Mill, on Battle Creek, on Savannah road. I inclose copy of order for the movement tomorrow. I have directed General Blair to cross the river either at Station Numbers 10 or 95, as may be most practicable, and, unless orders are received to the contrary, to concentrate with the Fifteenth Corps near Herndon (or Station 9), not knowing but that you may have other directions.
O. O. HOWARD, Major-General