War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0298 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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AUGUST 19, 1864-9.55 a. m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief of Signal Officer, Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

The rebel signal stations report one brigade of our infantry and eight-six wagons moving past Battery 5, toward our front. Colonel B[rent] orders the rebel stations to keep a strict watch upon our movements this a. m.

FULLER.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

August 19, 1864-9.05 a. m.

Major FISHER, Chief Signal Officer:

The long train of box-cars reported to right of factory was moved at 8 this a. m. toward the enemy's depot on Petersburg and Richmond Railroad. All guilt.

A. C. JORDAN,

This is the only report left in telegraph office this morning.

OPERATOR.

GIBBON'S HOUSE STATION,

August 19, 1864-6 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

The camp of infantry reported as in the city yesterday has disappeared. Too much wind this a. m. to read enemy's signals. No observation of account be made after 10.30 a. m. on account of fog.

A. C. JORDAN,

Sergeant.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 19, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: My lookout at the plank road station reports that at 5 p. m. a battalion of infantry came into view to the left of the leadworks and halted, the rear being still covered. Four mounted men, apparently officers, were at the head and moved on to our left. Owing to the rain further observations could not be made. The lookout was of the opinion that it was the head of a column of troops.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 19, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The plank road lookout reports that a few stragglers are passing southward on the Weldon railroad. This might indicate some movement of troops before daylight. All quiet. Camps unchanged.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.