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Series 1 Volume XXXVIII; Part 1

Official Report Number 22



 
Report of Lieut. Col. Augustus G. Hassan, Thirty-fifth Indiana Infantry, of operations July 1 - September 8.
 
Headquarters Thirty-fifth Indiana Volunteers
Atlanta, Georgia, September 10, 1864
 

Captain: In compliance with circular of September 10, I had the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the Thirty-fifth Regiment Indiana Infantry Volunteers during the recent campaign, from July 1, 1864, to the fall of Atlanta:


On July 1 Regiment was stationed in front of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, occupying a reserve position in rear of the second line of our works. On the evening of the 2d the Regiment changed position to the left of the brigade, taking the place of the Second Division, Fourth Corps, which moved out. The following morning, the enemy having evacuated their position on Kenesaw Mountain, the Regiment took the line of march in pursuit, passing through Marietta, coming up again with the enemy about four miles south of that place. Here the brigade was ordered to halt the night, the Thirty-fifth being detailed to picket the brigade in front. Early next morning orders were received to advance our line with a view to drive back the enemy’s skirmishers, capture their rifle pits, if possible, and thereby check an enfilading fire which seriously annoyed the troops on our right. The length of our lines at the time was about 500 yards, and extended it with the woods bordering an open field, in the center of which some 300 yards in front the enemy’s rifle [pits} could plainly be seen. The command being given to advance, the men rushed forward with a cheer, keeping up an incessant running fire until they reach to the enemy’s pits, which they took possession of, capturing 1 officer, 15 enlisted men. The troops on our left failing to advance, left us exposed to a galling flank fire, but the men unflinchingly held their ground until relieved by a portion of the Forty-fifth Ohio. I cannot speak too highly of the conduct of my officers and men on this occasion. Our total losses in the action, which lasted one hour and a half, was 4 enlisted men killed, and 6 wounded. On the following day we followed the retreating enemy to a point near the Chattahoochee River, where we remained in reserve until July 10, when with our division the regiment moved to the left, and on July 12 crossed the river, occupying a position in front of the Twenty-third Corps. We remain here until July 18, when the regiment was ordered to report to the corps supply train for duty. Nothing of importance transpired while with the train. On the 30th of August the regiment was relieved from duty with the train and ordered to report immediately to the brigade. Reported to the brigade on the same day; found the troops to the rear of Atlanta. The same night the Thirty-fifth supported the skirmish line, and on the morning of the 31st advanced a short distance in support of the line, when the regiment was ordered to rejoin the brigade; during this time sharp skirmishing was going on in our front. After moving forward with the brigade to an open field, we formed in line of battle in the second line. One hour later, with the Twenty-first Kentucky, the Thirty-fifth advanced. About the same time the enemy retreated from our front. Camped that night within one and a half miles of the Macon railroad. On the following morning, September 1, advanced along the railroad, destroying it as we went; came upon the enemy late in the evening going into position on the left of King's brigade. The regiment was under a heavy fire, which continued until dark. We had 2 men wounded on this occasion. The following morning moved after the retreating foe, passing through Jonesboro, and came up with enemy two miles south of the town. Our division moved to the left through a broken country and came upon the enemy’s right about night-fall. While in this position the enemy shelled our lines with some affect. The regiment had one man wounded. The same evening the Thirty-fifth supported the skirmish line, and on the following morning went into position on the left of the Forty-fifth Ohio in the front line. Remained in this position until the night of September 5, when agreeable to orders we quickly withdrew, moved back to Jonesboro, going into camp about 3 a.m. 6th instant. The following day moved to Rough and Ready, some ten miles from Jonesboro. Arrived in Atlanta on the 8th, and moved one and a half miles northwest of town went into camp

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I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

 
A G. Tassin,
Lieutenant- Colonel, Commanding.
 
Capt. H. F Temple,
 Acting Assistant Adjutant General, Second Brigade.
 

 

 
Title: The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies.
Series 1Volume XXXVIII; Part 1 - Reports - Army of the Cumberland; Pages 255 - 256
Chapter:L - The Atlanta, Ga., Campaign. May 1-September 8, 1864.
Author: United States. War Dept., John Sheldon Moody, Calvin Duvall Cowles, Frederick Caryton Ainsworth, Robert N. Scott, Henry Martyn Lazelle, George Breckenridge Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph William Kirkley
Published: Washington: Government Printing Office
Date: 1891