Twentieth Georgia Cavalry Battalion. They are little acquainted with the organization of the cavalry, and can only give the following information: That General Hampton is in command of all the cavalry and his headquarters are four miles below Reams' Station. They know of General Butler as commanding a brigade, and that General Young commands Hampton's old division. They speak of all these generals being in that vicinity. There is a battalion of dismounted cavalry operating near Emmit's [Emmon's] Mill under the command of Major Farley. They report that the Danville road is in running order; that it was finished last week. One of them was at Stony Creek Station about two weeks ago. There was a regiment of infantry and two pieces of artillery there at that time. Do not know what force there is at Reams' Station:think there is a small force of infantry with several pieces of artillery. Little can be made of their information, they are so unintelligent.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNumbers C. BABCOCK.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
July 28, 1864-12.30 p.m.
The above forwarded for you information.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,
July 28, 1864
Chief of Staff:
GENERAL: The following reports are respectfully forwarded:
PLANK ROAD STATION-9.30 a.m.
A squadron of about 150 cavalry passed our right on road near Weldon railroad this a.m,. a train of fourteen wagons followed. No change in front of station.
STATION NEAR NORFOLK RAILROAD,
No change; enemy strengthening works at different points along line. See a number of enemy's officers inspecting their works in vicinity of Chimneys.
The following message intercepted:
The enemy are actively engaged this a.m. in strengthening their extended lines of earth-works in Maria Gilliam's field (this place I have ascertained is the one we presumed it to be), apparently half a mile across field, running east and west. About three regiments of infantry are drilling in open space to our right of Cobb's. One gun-boat off pontoon bridge.
I have the honor, general, to be, your obedient servant,
B. F. FISHER.
Captain and Chief Signal Officer