War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0316 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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WALTHALL HOUSE, July 18, 1864 - 8.30 a. m.

Captain FISHER:

The enemy's signal officer reports this a. m. movement of our forces on the Bermuda Hundred road toward Bermuda Hundred, occupying twenty minutes in passing a point. He also reports two gun-boats above pontoon and one off Point of Rocks. Can locate six of enemy's stations, four of which I can read. They are on left bank of river. Three hacks and a stage passed on Richmond and Petersburg road going toward Petersburg. Horsemen continually passing.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain and Signal Officer.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION, July 18, 1864 - 5.30 p. m.

Captain FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer reports a gun-boat and steamer off Point of Rocks; also ambulances going toward front at Cobb's. Steam from locomotives has been rising this p. m., from a point south 80 degrees west from here and distant three miles. Have seen several ambulances passing toward city on Richmond road. A small force has been at work this p. m. strengthening the work to our right of Farley's.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION, July 18, 1864 - 6 p. m.

Captain FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

The enemy's signal officer has just reported the arrival at Strahan's Landing of a steamer, and another one coming up; also three gunboats above pontoons.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION, July 18, 1864 - 7.30 p. m.

Captain FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

No movements observed. Steam escaping from locomotive seen during the day on Richmond and Petersburg Railroad west from here and back of Whitehead's. Intercepted messages:

3 P. M.

Colonel B.,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Two steamers arrived from below. One of them bringing a few troops. About 200 cavalry have rode in rear of Point of Rocks, coming toward Cobb's.

OPERATOR,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)