War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0280 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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about five miles off. Another large column of smoke south 33 degrees west about same distance. Both of them appear to be woods on fire. Intercept message:

1.05 P. M.

Colonel BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

One large steamer has just passed down the river. I could see no troops on board. Wagons constantly passing the bridge coming and going.

OPERATOR,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain and Signal Officer.

JULY 16, 1864-5.30 p.m.

Captain FISHER:

Communication open with the tower. Have you anything new to say to Captain Norton? Fifteen straggling infantry with arms and knapsacks just passed the open space, supposed to be the Richmond and Petersburg road, moving to enemy's right. Nothing more than this to indicate a movement of any force.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

JORDAN HOUSE SIGNAL STATION, July 16, 1864-5.30 p.m.

Captain FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

The enemy have more guns in position about half a mile above Fort Clifton. A large building has been put up and covered since day before yesterday in Petersburg. Several army wagons loaded with lumber went into Petersburg this p.m. Locomotives have been moving in Petersburg all day. None on the Richmond road.

T. R. CLARK,

Captain and Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, July 16, 1864. (Received 9.50 a.m.)

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS:

The following changes have occurred in the disposition of troops of my command since last report: The First and Third Divisions were released from fatigue duty about midnight last night, and the Second Division placed upon the same duty. The work of leveling intrenchments has been prosecuted to a point in rear of Eighteenth Corps, some half a mile beyond the Prince George Court-House road, and the work is reported as nearly completed.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, July 16, 1864-9 p.m.

General WILLIAMS:

Since my report of this a.m. General Gibbon's division having completed the work indicated by the engineer department has returned to