Diary of Orrin Brown—Dec 10, 1864

Flag of Truce on Savannah River c.1864

Diary of Orrin Brown, Ten-Mile House, outside Savannah, Georgia

Saturday–Dec. 10th

We left camp at 8 AM, marched to within 10 miles of Savannah and haulted on the Savannah and Augusta railroad and lay here the rest of the day. The 20th Corps joined us here, there has been heavy Canonadeing in our front all day. The weather is cool and cloudy and some sign of rain.

Sherman’s March reached the sea on the 10th of December, 1864.  The XX Corps, under Michigan Brig. Gen. A.S. Williams, counted coup the same day, capturing a small Confederate steamer trying to run north on the Savannah River.  As you may recall, the XX Corps and the XIV Corps made up Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum‘s Left Wing on the March (Sherman’s Army of Georgia).  The CSS Ida, a side-wheel coastal steamer, was burned.



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