War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0256 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE BUREAU OF INFORMATION,

In the Field, August 17, 1864.

Colonel SHARPE,

City Point:

I have prisoners here from Wright's brigade, of Mahone' s division, of Hill's corps. They say that they think their whole division is there. They know that Weisiger's, Wright's, and Perrin's are. I have also prisoners from Lane's and Conner's of Wilcox's, on north side of James, and full information from Thomas' and Scales, who are in our front here. This makes all of Wilcox here. I have also four prisoners this morning from bushrod R. Johson's old brigade, Colonel Hughs commanding, in our front at Deep Bottom.

JOHN I. DAVENPORT,

Lieutenant, Aide-de-Camp, and Assistant Provost- Marshal.

P. S.- Since writing above have received your dispatch. The prisoners you speak of confirm my report, you will see, or mine yours. The men captured by Tenth Corps should have been landed at Bermuda, but by mistake were sent you.

J. I. D.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

August 17, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel KENSEL,

Acting Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports that three trains passed the Junction toward Richmond last night and one toward Petersburg.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

August 17, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel KENSEL,

Acting Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports that "at 11.30 a. m. a train of six cars loaded with troops passed the Junction toward Petersburg."

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

AUGUST 17, 1864. (Received 2.30 p. m.)

Colonel ABBOT,

Broadway Landing:

Send up the four 10-inch mortars to-night and place them in the large battery near Taylor house. Six siege guns are also required in Fort Hell. Send them up if you can to-night, with ammunition. It would