History 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers Organized by John A. Logan

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Chapter VIII

THE southward march from Atlanta began on the morning of November 15, 1864. The seventeenth corps moved with the right wing toward Jonesboro, the left wing east by Decatur and Stone Mountain. The first objective point was Milledgeville, the capital, distant about one hundred miles. The army was expected to make an average of fifteen miles per day. The right wing was the army of the Tennessee, commanded by General Howard, the left wing, the army of the Ohio, then commanded by General Slocum, consisting altogether of (in round numbers) sixty thousand men of all arms. The habitual orders of march prescribed by General Sherman in field orders, were so far as practicable, to be by four roads, as nearly parallel as possible, but converging at specified points from time to time as might be designated. Behind each regiment should follow one ambulance and one wagon, ammunition wagons and provisions following each brigade. These wagons were loaded with ten days' rations and ammunition enough for one great battle in case of such emergency. The wagons were to have

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