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AUGUST 1, 1864-10.30 a. m.

Lieutenant-Colonel BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, City Point:

Signal officers at Spring Hill and at tower report that they see a column of 3,000 to 4,000 cavalry passing Junction going toward Petersburg; also baggage and forage train of sixty wagons.

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

WATER BATTERY SIGNAL STATION, August 1, 1864-7.30 a. m.

Captain NORTON:

Four thousand or 5,000 cavalry crossed Chaffin's farm this a. m. going west.

G. S. DANA,

Captain, Signal Corps, U. S. Army.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, August 1, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL,

Acting Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports at 7.45 a. m. that eleven empty cars passed the Junction toward Petersburg.

Very respectfully, &c.,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION, August 1, 1864-9.45 a. m.

Captain NORTON:

A long column of cavalry (about 3,000) and thirty baggage wagons just passed the Junction on turnpike going toward Petersburg; also twenty-two wagons, loaded with forage, toward Richmond.

SIMONS,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, August 1, 1864-10.45 a. m.

Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports at 10 a. m. that another column of about 1,500 cavalry and forty-two wagons had just passed the Junction toward Petersburg.

Very respectfully, &c.,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.