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there was a necessity of reaching the seacoast to make a new base for supplies. Savannah, Georgia, was the nearest point, a distance of three hundred miles. He decided that was the proper move, and began his historical march on November 15, and reached Savannah on December 10, 1864, destroying all the railroads and public property on the route. He was cut off from all kind of communication with the north, and was lost for almost a month. Having succeeded in establishing a new base, he now prepared to join Grant, and left Savannah about January 15, 1865, via Columbia, South Carolina. However, he never reached the Army of the Potomac, inasmuch as Johnston surrendered his army on April 18, 1865, at a place near Durham's Station, North Carolina.
Company C did not accompany Sherman in his march from Atlanta to Savannah, nor in his final campaign, as it was sent to Nashville to reinforce Gen. Thomas.
Capt. Crefton thus reported to Maj. John R. Edie, on the storming of Missionary Ridge, by Company C, 19th U. S. Infantry:
Chattanooga, Tenn., December 3, 1963.* * * of the part taken by my command in the engagements near this place during the week ending November 19, 1863:
On Sunday, the 22d ultimo, my command, consisting of detachments of the 16th U. S. Infantry and the First Battalion, 19th U. S. Infantry (Co. C), was ordered with the remainder of the brigade on grand guard duty to picket the front of the Fourteenth Army Corps, we remaining on this duty till Wednesday, the 25th, when we were ordered into line of battle, the left resting on the Rossville road.
From this position we moved to the left, and having covered our front with a line of skirmishers, were ordered to storm Missionary Ridge. This was accomplished with but slight loss, the officers and men behaving with their usual gallantry.
Having gained the summit of the ridge, we went into bivouac, where we remained till the next morning at about 10 a.m., and marched in pursuit of the enemy.
Arriving near the road leading to Graysville, and about two miles from that place, we were ordered into line of battle.
Learning there was a force of the enemy moving along this road, we advanced to the road, and having discovered the enemy immediately in our front, my command opened fire upon them, when the enemy, panic stricken, threw down their arms and ran within our lines.
I then sent forward an officer and twenty men as skirmishers, who discovered the rebels had left their brass pieces of Ferguson's battery in our hands. * * * In this attack I