War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0146 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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[Indorsement.]

Respectfully forwarded to General Humphreys.

B. F. FISHER,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

GIBBON'S HOUSE, August 13, 1864 - 7.50 a. m.

Major FISHER, Chief Signal Officer:

The large camp of the enemy west by north of this station disappeared last night; also a camp to left of white house and from this point southwest by south has disappeared. A large fort was also thrown up at that point during last night. A fatigue party are busy on it this morning.

A. C. JORDAN.

STATION NEAR GIBBON'S HOUSE,

August 13, 1864 - 6.30 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER, Chief Signal Officer:

Nothing additional to report of this p. m., except about 200 infantry, which moved into Petersburg from the south side about 10.30 a. m. Their arms are yet stacked in city. The enemy are very busy on new fort.

A. C. JORDAN,

Sergeant.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

August 13, 1864 - 8 a. m.

Major FISHER:

Large camp of enemy in woods west-northwest from station vacated during the night. No other change visible. A fatigue party of 100 men at 5 a. m. moved toward the forts on our right.

H. W. FULTON,

Sergeant.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

August 13, 1864 - 7 p. m.

Captain D. E. CASTLE:

No change in enemy's lines or camps since morning report. They continue to haul large quantities of logs to the forts on our right.

H. W. FULTON,

Sergeant.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 13, 1864.

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

GENERAL: I have the honor to forward the following reports just received:

WALTHALL HOUSE, August 13, 1864 - 10.30 a. m.

A dense cloud of smoke (probably woods on fire) rising for the past hour north 10 degrees west from here and apparently a short distance from the Appomattox.

DAVIS,

Captain.