War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0042 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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brigade of his division is in rear of Pickett's division in our immediate front acting as a reserve brigade. This information is positive. Wilcox's division, of Hill's corps, is reported as being between New Market and Chaffin's farm. This, however, needs confirmation.

JOHN I. DAVENPORT,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION, August 4, 1864-8 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The enemy are working with a heavy detail upon their new work three-fourths of a mile south of the lead-works and on the west side of the Weldon railroad. It seems to be about as large as the fort at this station, the main front being eastward. There are small working parties shoveling in vicinity of the Gregory Chimneys. No movement visible at any other portion of this end of the line. Their camps along the line indicate a greater number present than last week. Some more timber brought to the battery near the Gregory Chimneys.

B. F. FISHER,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

STATION ON LINE IN FRONT OF GENERAL AYRES' OLD POSITION, August 4, 1864-9 a. m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

Enemy very busy this a. m.; some hauling logs to the front, others strengthening works. A party of about thirty at work on fort about 1,500 yards to left of Burnt Chimneys. A small camp in woods in rear of this fort. Quite a number of enemy's officers to the front with marine glasses and papers in their hands; seem to be watching our working parties. No movements observed.

WARTS,

Lieutenant.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, August 4, 1864-9.15 a. m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report that everything was very quiet on my front last night, nothing of importance transpiring. A good deal of artillery and musketry firing was had in front of the command on my right. Received and promulgated General Orders, Numbers 31, about observance of the fast day.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.