War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0909 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPT.,

May 19, 1864.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the signal officer at the Anderson house has this morning discovered a rebel signal station to the right of and near Guiney's Station, working in the opposite direction from us. The following messages were read by him:

Enemy fired on our pickets near the railroad.

(No signature or address.)

General L.:

One squadron came within a mile of the depot this a.m., but returned. No infantry this side of the Telegraph road.

S.,

Captain.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. S. STRYKER,

Acting Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 19, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The within messages were intercepted at a signal station located on Catlett's farm, near Guiney's Station.

B. F. FISHER,

Captain.

[Indorsement.]

General L.:

Steamers are en route for Fredericksburg.

L.

MAY 21, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General LEE:

Nothing passing Guiney's now. Wagon train took pole road in direction of Sycamore. Captain Robinson heard from; infantry and cavalry passing road to Bowling Green, some on this side of river.

B.,

Colonel.

MAY 19, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER SECOND CORPS:

In your note of the 13th instant, reporting the number of colors captured by your command during the recent battles, you report ten as in possession of Major-General Birney, or promised by him; also that many others are in possession of individuals. With respect to the latter, the commanding general desires that you will cause every effort to be made the colors delivered to the proper authority. They are public property, and cannot rightfully retained by individuals. You are requested to send in all the flags as soon as practicable, so that they can be forwarded to the War Department.

Very respectfully,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.