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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 07, 1864

Butterfly Spotted on March to the Sea

A soldier from Indiana wrote in his diary, making several terse comments on Union army movements, interspersed with one notation of seeing some attractive wildlife.

“Dec. 7 Wednesday Head of column moved at 6 1/2 a.m. 2nd Div. train again in the rear. No opposition by the enemy except obstructions in the road and destroying bridges. Camp near Ebenezer Creek 26 1/2 miles from Savannah. Saw a butterfly today. March 16 miles. Fair. Disposition of the 14th Corps past three days has been as follows: 2nd Div. with trains of 2nd and 3rd Div. and corps ordnance and reserve artillery (19th Ind. Battery.) A brigade marching with trains of each division and one with corps trains. 1st Div. with its trains: 3rd Div. without transportation. Kilpatrick’s cavalry. Thus reversing the usual order and advancing backwards, trains being in front and troops in the rear.” Source: Civil War Diary of Union Capt. James Orr, Nov.-Dec. 1864