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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 8, 1864-10.50 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following reports have just been received and are respectfully forwarded:

PLANK ROAD STATION, August 8, 1864.

Fatigue party of 180 men disappeared in dug way in direction of Petersburg; working on front line of works north-north west from station.

FULTON,

Sergeant.

FIFTH CORPS SIGNAL STATION, August 8, 1864.

No change or movement observed. Enemy at work on first line of works.

WARTS,

Lieutenant.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant.

By order:

WM. S. STRYKER,

First Lieutenant, Adjutant Signal Corps.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

August 8, 1864-7 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

A new work commenced in rear of second line of works and directly in rear of Gregory's house from station. A few shots exchanged between battery on our front and battery on right of plank road. Unusually quiet along enemy's lines. No visible change in camp.

H. W. FULTON,

Sergeant.

SIGNAL STATION, PLANK ROAD,

August 8, 1864-7 p. m.

Captain CASTLE:

The fatigue party mentioned in last report disappeared in ravine or behind the bluff on left of forts on our right, or 40 degrees west of orth from station; were moving toward the rear of forts on our right. They continue to work on third line of works in rear of Gregory's house, also on front line at nearest point from station. No movement of troops or change of camps visible.

H. W. FULTON,

Sergeant.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 8, 1864.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following reports have just been received, and are respectfully forwarded:

GIBBON'S HOUSE STATION, August 8, 1864.

Enemy very busy all day on fort southeast of white house; also digging on work west-north west from this point. Rather more teams visible than usual on the different roads leading south from the city, but moving irregularly and in small squads. Two caissons moved from the city about 7 a. m., disappearing in woods near Farley's house. nothing has been seen to indicate the movement of any considerable body inside the enemy's line to-day. Dense smokes west and north of city make close observation difficult.

JORDAN,

Sergeant.