War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0074 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 6, 1864-12.15 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following dispatches were received an hour since, but delayed until I could ascertain the probable number and direction of the moving column:

WALTHALL HOUSE STATION.

The enemy's signal officer reports movements of a four-gun battery near Battery Numbers 5 going toward our front; the battery is probably Captain Ashby's (Battery E, Third New York). A column of infantry is moving on the Richmond road. Will report more definitely in a short time.

C. L. DAVIS,

Captain and Signal Officer.

The column of infantry reported moving toward the right was an hour and a half passing a point on the Richmond road, north 40 degrees west from here, and was followed by upward of thirty wagons. The rear of the train passed at 10.30.

C. L. DAVIS,

Captain and Signal Officer.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

Probably a division of infantry going to the enemy's pontoon bridge over the James.

A. A. H.

AUGUST 6, 1864-11.30 a. m.

Major FISHER:

Thirty more wagons have just passed the same point on Richmond rod by which the column of infantry marched, moving to the right. About thirty-five cavalrymen just passed the open space back of Whitehead's Factory, going toward the city.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

AUGUST 6, 1864-7.30 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

A long column of smoke rising north 76 degrees west from here and at least ten miles distant. The woods along the railroad have been burning to-day to the right of a point north 68 degrees west from here. The enemy's signal officer has just reported a regiment of cavalry crossing the pontoon bridge to this side; also about 100 cavalry going into camp near Cobb's, and no boats seen on the river.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

JORDAN'S HOUSE STATION,

August 6, 1864-5 p. m.

Major FISHER:

The enemy have put a battery of five guns in the redoubt in rear of Whitehead's.

T. R. CLARK,

Captain, &c.