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the height on which the enemy's works were situated, were thrown into some confusion by having to pass through a swamp covered with thick underbrush. During this time it was found impossible to preserve the brigade alignment.
    There being no troops on my right, forming a portion of the attacking force, and my battalion being here greatly exposed to a fire from rebel sharpshooters posted in rifle-pits on a height on my right flank, I found it necessary to detach two companies to dislodge them, who captured twelve rebels and sent them to the rear.
    The battalion under my command advanced under a heavy fire and charged the enemy's works, and when the brigade was withdrawn from the contest it was reformed behind the crest of the hill. * * * The battalion lost on this day four killed and twelve wounded.
    After the battle of Jonesborough was terminated by the defeat and retreat of the enemy, the battalion was detailed on picket: to cover the brigade front, from which duty it was relieved on the following morning, when it moved to Jonesborough and encamped.
    Monday, 5th, we were detailed at 7 p.m. as guard for wagon train of the Fifteenth Corps at Flint river. We were relieved on the next morning and returned to camp at Jonesborough; marched same day about one mile toward Atlanta, constructed works and camped.
    Wednesday, 7th, we moved within ten miles of Atlanta. Thursday, 8th, we camped about 4 p. m. about two miles from Atlanta. Saturday, 10th, marched at sunset about one mile southwest of our former position, where the battalion is now in camp.
    The total loss during the period covered is 14 killed, 56 wounded, 4 missing in action, and 2 captured by the enemy. * * *
    I wish to express my satisfaction with the officers and enlisted men of my command for their cheerful and zealous compliance with my every order, shown alike in meeting the enemy or in the endurance of privation and fatigue. * * *
James Mooney,
Captain Commanding First Battalion.


    In response to the call of President Lincoln for 75,000 troops to serve for three months, the loyal men came forward with alacrity. The government could not arm or clothe all those who had enlisted in excess of the call. In Pennsylvania thirteen regiments organized and tendered their services, which could not be accepted. Governor Curtin, with his usual energy and wisdom, believing it would not be long until the men would be

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