Oliver, John M. – March 30, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection

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Regiment: 15th Michigan Infantry

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[twocolumns]Head Quarters 3d Brig 2nd Div 15th A.C.
Near Goldsboro N.C. March 30th 1865
I have the honor to submit the following
Memoranda of Marches on the late Campaign from
Savannah G.A. to Goldsboro N.C.
Jan 30th 1865. Broke camp (Near Beauford S.C.) at 7 oclock
A.M. and crossed River at the Ferry on Pontoon Bridge
took road through Gardens corner past Bridge Church
and there left hand road to [ ? ] reached camp
3.45. P.M. Distance marched 17. miles. Feby 1st moved
at 7. A.M and went into camp near Sand Hill Church
at 7. P. M Distance 13 miles Feby 2nd Started at 7.
A.M. Went into camp near Duck Creek on Barnesville
and Orangeburg road at 4. P.M Distance 14 miles Feby 3d
Had a skirmish with the enemy. flanked them with a
detachment of the 48 Ill Inft. and drove them from their [ ? ]

on the opposite Bank of Duck Creek taking their camp &
[ ? ] (1) man killed and one (1) Wounded
Feby 4th moved at 12. M and went into camp near
Anglesey P.O. at 5 P.M. Feby 5th Broke camp at
7 A.M. marched to and crossed Salkhatchie River at
Beaufort Bridge. went into camp near the River at 4 P.M
Distance marched 8 miles Feby 6 marched about
7 miles and crossed Little Salkhatchie and encamped at
7 P.M. Feby 7th Broke camp at 8. A.M.
and marched to Barnberg Station. destroyed
1 ½ miles of Rail Road toward Midway Station
went into camp in reserve at 4 P.M. distance
marched 6 miles Feby 9th Left Barnburg Station
at 5 ½ A.M. and marched to Holmes Bridge South fork
Edisto River went into camp 1. P.M. Distance 8 miles

Feby 10th crossed South Fork Edisto at 5 PM and
went into camp on road leading towards [ ? ]
about 1 ½ miles from River. Distance 2 ½ miles
Feby 11th moved at 7 A.M 3d Brig in advance went
into camp Poplar Springs at 2.30 P.M. Distance 14. miles
Feby 12th Broke camp at 7. A.M. and marched to North Fork
Edisto River 3d Brig in rear countermarched and suc
ceeded in crossing 99th Ind over Maiin River in adv-
ance of every thing. After 2nd Brig had gained the other
crossing we Waded the Swamp (½ mile in width and waist
deep) and went into camp on Orangeburg and Columbia
road. Distance 9. Miles Feby 13th Brok Camp at
9 A.M. and marched toward Sandy Run P. O. went into
camp at 5 P.M. Distance 13. miles Feby 14th moved
at 7. A.M. Marched to within 11 miles of Columbia

Distance 17. Miles Feby 15th marched at 8 A.M.
crossed Congaru Creek at 5 P.M. and went into camp
on right of 1st Division. Distance 6 miles Enemy
shelled our line in rear from the bluff across
Congaree River Feby 16th moved at 9 A.M. and halted
opposite the City of Columbia. The 99th Ind and
15th Mich were sent to hold the crossing at Saluda
Creek and after a short skirmish with the enemy we
succeeded in crossing about dark and encamped on the bank
of Broad River. Distance 7. miles Feby 17th
Left camp at 3. P.M. crossed Broad River and
Marched through Columbia which was formally
surrendered that morning by the mayor. the main
force of the enemy having evacuated the city the
night previous Feby 18th At 4. A.M the 3d Brig was

called out to suppress riot did so killing 2 men
and wounding 30 and arresting 370. 15th Mich and 99 Ind
destroyed 1 miles of C. and C. Rail Road Sent the 70th
Ohio 48th Ill and 90th Ill. to destroy 1 mile from 8 to 9.
mile post on same Road Feby 20th Left Columbia
at 8 A.M. marched easterly on road to travelers rest leav
ing that place to our right we turned to the north toward
Liberty Still went into camp 5 P.M. Distance 20 Miles
Feby 21st Broke camp at 7 A.M. and marched 22 miles
encamped at 8 P.M. Feby 22d Left camp 6.30 AM
arrived at Wateree River at Peays Ferry crossed
Brig in Pontoon Boats went into camp across
Singleton Creek 2 miles from the River Distance
8 Miles Feby 24th marched 20 miles went into
camp 10 PM one mile from Camden P.O.

Feby 25th Broke Camp at 8 A.M and
marched to Pine Tree Church on Camden and
Society Hill Road went into camp 12 M. Distance
8 Miles Feby 26th Left camp at 9 A.M and
marched to and Waded Lynch Creek at Kellys Bridge
Water very high and Rising 2d and 3d Brig and Battery
Crossed and went into camp 5 P.M. no wagons get
over Distance 10 miles. Feby 28th Commenced
to build bridge made good progress stopped work
at dark. March 1st moved at 3. P.M. arrived at
Kelly Town and went into camp 5.30 P.M. Distance
5 Miles. March 2nd marched at 3.30 P.M. and went
into Camp at 8.30 P.M Distance 4 Miles. March 3d
moved at 4. A.M. Crossed Black Creek at New Market
Camped at Campall’s Mills on Juniper Creek at 7 P.M

Distance 20. Miles March 4th Broke Camp
at 7 A.M. and marched to Cheran went into camp
at 5 P.M. on the right of the 1st Div on the Ridge
to the left of Town Distance 13 Miles March 5th
Marched at 5 P.M Crossed Great Peedee and went
into camp at 8 P.M. Distance 4. miles
March 7th Left camp at 12. M. and marched to
Crooked Creek and encamped at 5.30 P.M Distance
10. Miles March 8th Broke camp at 7 A.M
and marched to Laurel Hill went into camp
at 3. P.M. Distance 14. Miles March 9th moved
at 4. A.M crossed Lumber River in Pontoon
Bridge. Camped near Bethel Church at 5 P.M.
Distance 14. Miles. March 10th Marched at 3 P.M.
Corderoyed road for nearly 4 miles Distance to

Brig. Head Quarters from yesterday’s camp 3. Miles
March 11th marched at 8 A.M. crossed at Rocky fish
Creek and camped on little Rocky fish creek 7 miles
from Fayetteville at 5. P.M. Distance 14 Miles. March
12th Marched at 7 A.M. Camped south of Fayetteville
at 12. M. Distance 6 ½ Miles March 14th at 3.30 P.M
crossed cape fear River and encamped on Warsaw road
at 7. P.M. Distance 3 Miles. March 15th Marched at 11. A.M.
on Goldsboro road and camped at Bethany Church
at 5 P.M. Distance 9 Miles. March 16th moved at 8 A.M.
crossed Black Creek and went into camp 7 P.M. near Wesley Chapel
Distance 8 miles. March 17th Move at 7 A.M. camped at
Petus t roads at 3. P.M. Distance 8. Miles
March 18th Moved at 5.30. A.M. Crossed Cohera Creek
and went into camp 2 P.M. Distance 15 Miles

March 19th Moved at 1. P.M. Marched in direct-
ion Evertsville until 11. P.M. countermarched at
1. O.Clock at night to reinforce the 14th and 20th Corps
who had engaged the enemy. Distance 24. Miles
March 21st changed position relieved Skirmish
us put up lines & took part in the engagements
of that day. Capt Hare of 70th Ohio a brave and
Gallant Officer was killed near the left of our
Div. line. March 22d marched on duct road to
Evertsville about 10 miles camped at 5.30 P.M.
March 20d marched eight miles and went
into camp 6. Miles from Goldsboro.
March 24th to day we crossed the Neuse
River. & ended a campaign in which the
command has shown an enderrance & steady

faith in themselves & their cause & a confidence
in their Great Leader such as I believe no Troops
ever before felt. Very Respectfully You Obt Servt.
(signed) Jno. M. Oliver
Brig. Genl.
I have the honor to submit the following Reports of Cas-
-ualities of this Brig since leaving Savannah, Ga. also the number
of miles Corduroyed by this command during that period

Command Killed Wounded Missing Total
Co Em Total Co Em Total Co Em Total Co Em Aggregate.
15th Mich Infty 1 1 1 1
70th Ohio Infty 1 1 2 2 1 2 3
48th Ills Infty 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 2 4 6
90th Ills Infty 2 2 7 7 9 9
99th Ind Infty 1 1 1 1
Total 2 1 3 1 4 5 12 12 3 17 20
Command No of Miles


15th Mich Infty 3
70th Ohio Infty 3
48th Ills Infty 3
90th Ills Infty 3
99th Ills Infty 4

Very Respectfully
(signed) Jno M Oliver
Brig Genl.

Hd Qrs 3rd Brig 2nd Div 15th A.C.
Near Goldsboro N.C. March 31st/65
Oliver Jno. M.

Brig General.

[ ? ] Report of the
operations of 3rd Brigade
2nd Div 15th A.C. since
leaving Savannah Georgia.

(Returned Copy)

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