War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0586 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 2, 1864.

Respectfully returned to Colonel Sharpe to know in what Richmond papers he saw the statement about General Wilson.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

[Second Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Informs states that he had Petersburg papers of yesterday, which he brought in with him, but he gave them to some officer of the Sixth Corps. They contained the statement about General Wilson referred to in this report. We have not seen the papers.

Respectfully,

JNumbers C. BABCOCK.

[Third indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 2, 1864.

The major-general commanding refers the within report from Colonel Sharpe and indorsement to Major-General Wright, with the direction that he have the Richmond paper referred to obtained if it can be and sent to these headquarters and the name of the officer to whom it was given reported.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

July 2, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to forward the following rebel message, taken from station on north bank of the Appomattox and sent to the vicinity of Petersburg. The secret service may know who Colonel B. is and locate some division:

Colonel B.,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Nothing of interest transpired this a.m. A body of cavalry, supposed to be about 200, passed near Point of Rocks coming toward Cobb's.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION, July 2, 1864.

Captain FISHER:

Saw no movement of troops to-day. A train of 122 wagons passed to the right into Petersburg this p.m. on road near Weldon railroad. Notice a new camp on railroad one mile south from lead-works.

J. B. DUFF,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.