Report of Lieut. Col. Theodore Jones, Thirtieth Ohio Infantry
HDQRS. THIRTIETH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY,SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of the movements of the Thirtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry since March 16, 1863:
Young’s Point, La., March 29, 1863.
An order to move at 6 a.m. was received at 3 o’clock, and at the time specified for moving the regiment was formed upon its color line, and shortly after followed the Forty-seventh Ohio up the river, along the levee, to the upper landing, where it embarked upon transports.
About 9 a.m. on the 17th, the regiment disembarked on the Mississippi side, at Eagle Bend, and encamped along the levee.
On the 19th, two commissioned officers and 150 men were detailed to work upon a road under construction from the Mississippi River to Steele’s Bayou.
On the 20th, two commissioned officers and 125 men were detailed for the same purpose. At 6 a.m. on the 21st, the regiment left its camp at Eagle Bend and marched down the river to the new road, and thence along it to the junction of Steele’s and Muddy Bayous.
At 9 a.m. four companies embarked upon the Eagle, and at 12 m. the remainder embarked upon the Silver Wave. Those upon the Eagle disembarked at 3 p.m. on Hill’s lower plantation, known as Reality, and after marching a short mile quartered in the villa. Those upon the Silver Wave disembarked at the same place at 9 a.m. on the 22d, and at 10 o’clock joined the detachment at Reality.
At 12 m. the regiment moved down New Deer Creek, leaving a picket post of three companies (C, A, and K) at a cotton-gin 1 mile from Reality. One mile farter on we found another villa known as Good Intent. Here another picket post of three companies (I, E, and F) was established. Two miles farther down we entered another villa, known as Kelsaw.
At 7 p.m. a party of 9 men, under command of Captain Groce, and mounted on the horses and mules that had been collected for the purpose at the three villas, again started down the creek.
At 12 p.m. they returned with the report that they had visited another plantation and villa, 2 miles distant, known as Omega, without discovering anything of interest.
On the 23d, the regiment was ordered to return to camp at Reality, excepting the first-established post at the cotton-gin, where it arrived at 3 p.m.
At 10 a.m. on the 25th, this detachment joined the regiment, and at 12 m. all went on board the gunboats Cincinnati and Mound City, the right wing upon the former and the left wing upon the latter.
At 7 p.m. on the 27th, the boats tied up near the mouth of the Yazoo; at 11 p.m. both wings were transferred to the transport Sunny South, and at 12 p.m. disembarked at our camp, at Young’s Point, La.
THEODORE JONESCapt. G. LOFLAND,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Comdg. Thirtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.