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REVIEW OF KILPATRICK'S CAVALRY DIVISION BY GENERAL SHERMAN, AT MARIETTA,
GEORGIA, NOVEMBER 13, 1864.
CAPTURE OF SAVANNAH.
WE give on the next page two
General SHERMAN'S Army in front of Savannah.
One of these represents General SHERMAN and his Staff, and is reproduced from a
photograph by Mr. GEORGE W. BARNARD, to whom we are indebted for the graphic
sketches of the Prison pen at Millen, published on page 13. The other sketch
illustrates the capture of the rebel steamer Resolute, on the Savannah River.
For the benefit of our readers we
give the following list of the officers comprising the group in the sketch of
General SHERMAN and Staff, which will be recognized by the corresponding numbers
subjoined to the sketch
Captain L. M. DAYTON,
Aid-de-camp, Acting Adjutant-General.
Lieutenant-Colonel E. D. KITTOE,
Colonel Amos BECKWITH,
Aid-de-camp and Chief of Commissary.
Captain O. M. POE, Chief
Brigadier-General W. P. BARRY,
Chief of Artillery.
Major J. C. M'COY, Senior
Captain T. G. BAYLOR, Chief of
Captain G. W. NICHOLS,
Lieutenant-Colonel CHARLES EWING
, Assistant Inspector-General.
Lieutenant-Colonel W. WARNER,
Captain J. E. MARSHALL, Assisting
Adjutant-General to General BARRY.
General SHERMAN reached a
position in front of Savannah on the 10th of December. General
HARDEE was at that time conducting the defense
of the city, having under his command a force which SHERMAN estimated at 15,000
men. It was General SHERMAN'S intention to invest Savannah so completely with
his army as to prevent the escape of HARDEE'S army. The first thing to be done,
of course, was to open communication with Admiral
DAHLGREN. Fort M'Allister, on the Ogechee
River, stood in the way. This was a strong earth work, situated about sixteen
miles south of Savannah, behind Point Genesis, and commands the river. It was
captured December 13 by General HAZEN'S Division of the Fifteenth Corps. SHERMAN
then located his right on the Ogechee at King's Bridge, while his left rested on
the Savannah three miles above the city. Two boats were captured on the
Savannah River, and a blockade
established preventing the descent of the rebel gun-boats. There was a break in
the investment of Savannah on the eastern side from the mouth of the river to a
short distance above the city. It was by this outlet that HARDEE escaped with
his army by crossing the river to Union Causeway. Before evacuating the city the
rebels had blown up their iron-clads and burned the Navy Yard. General SHERMAN
immediately entered the city. His captures include, according to
General FOSTER'S dispatch, eight hundred
prisoners, one hundred and fifty guns, thirteen locomotives, one hundred and
ninety cars, a large amount of ammunition and other material of war, besides
three steamers and thirty-three thousand bales of cotton safely stored in
TARVER'S MILL, GEORGIA.