26th Wisconsin Correspondence, 10/1/1864


                                                                                                    Hd. Qurs. 26th Regt. Wis. Vol. Inf.
                                                                                                    Atlanta, Ga. Oct. 1, 1864

General Aug. Gaylord
Adj. General Wisconsin

Dear Sir:

        I have the honor to transmit to you supplement to the record of my regiment which I have sent you bringing it down to the 25th of August. I trust you have received it but I have not recd. any acknowledgement of receipt. In case you should not have received it and it is not already too late, please advise me by telegraph and I will send you a copy.
        On the 25th of August we were still in front of Atlanta close upon the evening's work but it was evident to all observers that a new move was being inaugurated. In this crowing effort of Genl. Sherman's strategy we however, have but a very slender hold. At 8 o'clock at night we noiselessly withdrew from our trenches and marched in a westerly direction some two miles and there made a several hours halt. Then continued our march to Turners Ferry where a pontoon bridge was thrown across the river. Here we went at work at once to fortify a position to hold the ferry. On the 27th the evening made a demonstration against us with artillery and dismounted cavalry but made no attack on our works. Aug. 31, we detailed three officers and 70 men from the regiment to take part in a reconnaissance towards Atlanta. The party returned having found the enemy in the trenches so recently vacated by our army. Early in the morning of Sept. 2 we made a similar detail. A party of 600 men was sent out by our division and they were the first to enter the city of Atlanta. We met no opposition there. A small detachment of cavalry fled at their approach. In the evening of the same day we sent another detail to Atlanta and on the 4th the balance of the regiment came to the city and went into camp behind the old rebel works just south of the city. And there we remain to the present day. We have suffered no casualties during that time. It has been a period of rest to us, the whole distance march being perhaps 17 miles.
        Since Aug. 25th we have received notice that 1st Lieut. Nicholas Vollimer, who was wounded in the head on 20th July at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, died of his wound at Nashville. August 21, 64, also that our absent enlisted men five (5) have died of wounds, three (3) of diseases and four (4) been transferred to Veterans Reserve Corps and one (1) discharged for physical disability.
        Surgeon Francis Huebschurann and Capt. Edward Crul Co. K have resigned and Lieut. Leopold Melchnor Co. D has been dismissed the service by sentence of a General Court Marshall have been intoxicated when in charge of a company of skirmishers in the affair of the 19th of June. It was the only instance of misconduct of the part of any of my line officers during the campaign.
        I have the honor to be

General,
Your Obedient Servant,

                                                                                                    Fred H. Winkler
                                                                                                            Lt. Col. Com'd'g.
                                                                                                                    26th Regt. Wis. Vol.

Wisconsin Historical Society, 1200 Series, Box 128, Correspondence 1864