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The wounded have all been sent northward. Noble company! May they soon recover and return to us again, for the regiment seems crippled without them. Ere we leave Rome we learn of the death of First Lieutenant and Adjutant J. S. Robinson and Sergeant Edward C. Nichols, of Company H-died from wounds received in the battle at Allatoona. Thus two more gallant soldiers have passed away. Long and patiently they endured their suffering, but at last the brittle thread of life broke, and these soldiers are now at rest. The indications as present are that we will soon leave Rome; how soon, we know not. The soldiers are conjecturing, but all is wrapped in mystery since Sherman has left Hood free to operate against Nashville. But for the present we are compelled to let the curtain hang; by and by it will be swung back; until that time we will wait.
General Sherman-Army in the vicinity of Rome and Kingston -Hood moving northward-Leaving Rome-Camp on the Allatoona battle-field-Camp at the base of Kenesaw-Passing through Marietta-At Atlanta-The arrival of the last mailThe new commissions-The army launched forth upon the perilous march-Camp three miles from Atlanta-Burning of Atlanta―The army moving on four different roads-Camp near Cotton River-Crossing the Ocmulgee River-The orders to mount the Seventh--Passing through Clinton--GordonIrvington-The army subsisting on the country-The Third Brigade on the Savannah and Macon Railroad-Their workGeneral Corse lost in the pineries-The troops on half rations -The devastation-The obstructions-The Seventh on the Ogeeche-Standing picket-Skirmishing-Running on to Я rebel fort-Before Savannah-Quarter rations-The fall of For McAllister-Captain E. R. Roberts escapes and returns to the regiment His sufferings and trials-The troops subsisting upon corn and rice-Savannah evacuated-Entering the fallen city.
From October 3d to November 10th Sherman's army was continually marching, manoeuvering and skirmishing. The battle of Allatoona had been fought, the pass had been defended, the mad men who rushed up those rugged hills had been hurled back, the army of Georgia and Tennessee had been saved by the handful of men who stood there facing the grim monster as man never before had stood, and November 11th we find the armies commanded by General Sherman in the vicinity of Rome and Kingston. Hood was far to the northward. Sher
man says: "He may push on his conquests; I will leave Thomas to confront him. I will enter the heart of the Confederacy. I will visit the South with war's stern realities."
Orderlies and aids are dashing hither and thither. The order has been given. Hark! We hear the drum and the bugle, as if to say "Up boys and be ready, for Sherman is going to make a great stride in the South-land." The Seventh is now ready, shod and equipped, and in the evening, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Hector Perrin, we move from Rome about six miles and go into camp.
Rome is now burning, and tc-night innocence, beautiful innocence is crying, all because its brothers rebelled; because they leaped from liberty's lap and struck the flag and swore this Union to divide, and her name and her glories to blacken.
November 11th.-The grand armies are now moving, headed towards Atlanta. To-night we go into camp upon the Allatoona battle field. The brave General John M. Corse, though his wound is scarcely well, is with us commanding the Fourth Division. As we see him late to-night riding up to his headquarters (having refused to dismount until his division was all in camp), we thought to ourselves, "Brave Johnny, thou art a noble type of an American soldier." As we said, this is Allatoona's great battle field; here brave men sleep; here noble warriors fought their last fight; here sleep those who stood with us when Allatoona's hills were rocking amid the awful din and clash of steel; stood with us until they fell.
We are now standing by their uncoffined graves. Boon companions lie here. How vividly the hour comes to us when they passed away under the shadow of the flag, the pride of their hearts. We cannot help but cast silent tears to their memory, and turning our faces towards the north star, we are wont to say: Oh! weep, heart of the North, for thy fallen dead who sleep here. The night is growing cold; we will now wend our way to where the weary Seventh lie sleeping.
November 13th.-This evening finds us at the base of Kenesaw. We are reminded that this name has gone to history, associated with deeds of valor; where Logan's battle flag flapped against the sky. The heavens are all aglow to-night; to the southward red columns of smoke are curling upward. Signal lights are twinkling upon Kenesaw. Evidently Sherman is conversing with Howard and Slocum, his right and left bowers.
November 14th.-At seven A. M., we move; pass through Marietta, which is now slumbering in ruins; we are now in the advance; pass the old rebel works, two P. M. In the evening we cross the Chattahoochee and go into camp for the night nine miles from Atlanta.
November 15th.-This morning the command moves by day-light. The Seventh is ordered to bring up the extreme rear from the Chattahoochee to where Companies H and K are now ordered to assist the pioneers in taking up the pontoons, after which we move on and join the division at Atlanta, where we
find it halted for dinner. Here we receive our last mail, which brings the commissions for the new officers of the regiment. The promotions in the veteran organizations are as follows:
Captain Hector Perrin to be Lieutenant Colonel, vice Rowett, promoted.
Captain Edward S. Johnson to be Major, vice Estabrook, term expired.
Commissary Sergeant Frank Morse, to be First Lieutenant and Adjutant, vice Robinson, killed in battle.
First Lieutenant Benjamin Sweeney to be Captain of Company A, vice McGuire, term expired.
Quartermaster Sergeant Henry L. Balcom to be First Lieutenant of Company A, vice Sweeney, promoted.
First Lieutenant Edward R. Roberts (now prisoner of war) to be Captain of Company C, vice Lawyer, term expired.
Second Lieutenant John Hubbard to be First Lieutenant of Company C, vice Roberts, promoted.
First Lieutenant Seth Raymond to be Captain of Company D, vice Clark, term expired.
Private Elias Lorey to be Second Lieutenant of Company E, vice Miller, term expired.
First Lieutenant Henry Ahern to be Captain of Company F, vice Knowlton, term expired.
Second Lieutenant Thomas B. Atchison to be First Lieutenant of Company F, vice Ahern, pro. moted.