Left camp near 6:30 A.M., traveled slow for some reason and arrived within supporting distance of the infantry. Our company was sent out on picket on the Atlanta road. It is very dark and lowering, looks much like rain. I am not well this evening. We have no rations our mules being back.
Left camp at 5 A.M., took the road to McAffees bridge to the right of Stone Mountain. Companies K and B are rear guards of the division; came 2
Clear and very warm. All was quiet last night and up to this hour 8 A.M. A detail was sent out for forage for ourselves and horses for night and morning; went five or six miles and got plenty of corn and oats, eggs, meat, molasses, flour and preserves etc. and had a good supper. Have orders to march at 4 A.M. on our return. Raining slowly.
Cloudy and warm. We were aroused this morning at 12:30 by heavy firing on pickets; went 1/4 mile and formed line, built breastworks, but the Rebs would not attack us and after sun-up they demanded the unconditional surrender of our force, as they had us entirely surrounded, but we had no fancy for Andersonville or Libby and told the Johnnies they must come and take us. At 11 A.M. we charged their works on the northeast; after a brief fight they broke and ran throwing guns, rammers etc. We rode rapidly nine miles to a small town called Lithonia 12 miles from Covington, where we camped.