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reported re-enforced, no troops have been sent to Early, who, it is understood, will fall back to Orange Court-House and stop there. Send to General Humphreys, and I will furnish memorandum for use of General Grant.

GEORGE H. SHARPE,

Colonel, &c.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

July 25, 1864-9.30 a.m.

Captain B. F. FISHER:

A small squadron of cavalry, about forty in number, passed to our left this a.m. on road near Weldon railroad. A large fatigue party of the enemy is at work on their second line, west of plank road. They seem to be leveling it.

J. B. DUFF,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

JULY 25, 1864-11.15 a.m.

Captain FISHER:

The enemy's signal officer reports an increase of tents at Cobb's. The enemy has within the last thirty-six hours occupied a line of rifle-pits northwest, and three miles from here, and show quite a large number of tents this a.m.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

July 25, 1864.

Captain B. F. FISHER:

The enemy have been at work all day on their second line, mentioned this a.m. Have noticed no movement of troops. Occasional firing from their station north of station on plank road.

J. B. DUFF,

Second Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

July 25, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following report has been received:

Parties of enemy at work building stockades in front of an embrasure where a gun is mounted, half a mile to left of Gregory's house and near woods; also small party shoveling inside of works at Gregory's house. Large parties extending line of works in rear of old line and left of the Gregory house.

I. S. LYON,

Signal Officer.

I have the honor, general, to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.