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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, August 1, 1864-12 m.

Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The following dispatch has just been received and is respectfully forwarded:

SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION, August 1, 1864-11.45 a. m.

Captain NORTON:

One regiment of infantry and forty wagons on turnpike just passed the Junction toward Petersburg.

A. G. SIMONS,

Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.

Very respectfully, &c.,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, August 1, 1864-3.50 p. m.

Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports that at 3.30 p. m. "about 2,000 cavalry and thirty-five wagons passed the railroad junction going toward Petersburg."

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

DEEP BOTTOM, August 1, 1864-7 p. m.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH:

The enemy attacked my picket-line on my right in considerable force about 5.30 p. m., and drove my vedettes back to main line, but were repulsed on reaching there. The reserve was at once ordered up in season to assist in repelling a second charge and in following up and re-establishing my line of vedettes on the original line. I had 3 or 4 of the Tenth Connecticut wounded. The enemy is reported to have suffered considerably in the last charge.

Respectfully,

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General.

AUGUST 1, 1864.

General FOSTER,

Deep Bottom:

Your dispatch received. The commanding general thanks you and your troops for the gallant manner in which you repulsed the attack upon your lines this evening.

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.