War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0116 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 11, 1864 - 5.30 p. m.

Colonel SHARPE,

City Point:

Deserter to-day states that it was reported in camp that Kershaw's division passed through Orange Court-House for the Valley four or five days ago. Six deserters from Mahone's division to-day. No changes south of Appomattox.

J. C. B[ABCOCK].

CITY POINT, August 11, 1864.

Lieutenant DAVENPORT,

General Butler's Staff:

A negro who left Richmond Monday says that on Sunday morning Fitzhugh Lee's division of cavalry came through Richmond from toward Petersburg and passed out on the Brook turnpike; that they were more than an hour in passing, and the white folks said they were going to re-enforce Early. He also thinks that trains were sent up on the Central Railroad on Saturday and Sunday with infantry. What he knows about the infantry is very indistinct, but he states the story about the cavalry with many circumstantial facts.

GEORGE H. SHARPE,

Colonel, &c.

AUGUST 11, 1864.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

A party of fifteen of enemy have just begun a new work 1,000 yards to left of Chimneys. Enemy still hauling logs to the front. A party of forty of the enemy left their first line and moved off toward Petersburg. They had knapsacks, haversacks, &c., but no muskets. No other change. All quiet.

Respectfully,

WARTS.

AUGUST 11, 1864.

Major-General WARREN:

No change. Few of enemy were laboring on work about 500 yards to right of Chimneys, but our batteries have driven them away. Some of the timber that the enemy have been hauling to first line of works is now being used to brace up works.

WARTS,

Lieutenant.

(Same to Major Fisher.)

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

August 11, 1864 - 1 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

At 11.30 a. m. 1,000 cavalry moved to our right on line of Weldon railroad, and 150 horses (leading), followed by a train of 34 ambulances and 61 wagons, a few wagons loaded with grain in the sheaf.

H. W. FULTON,

Sergeant.