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PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION, August 22, 1864-7 p.m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

Since last report thirty ambulances and twenty-seven wagons moved to our left southward on line of Weldon railroad. Troops east of railroad and near fort are in same position as heretofore reported and continue to throw up intrenchments. All quiet in immediate front of station, as also on our right.

H. W. FULTON,

Sergeant.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 22, 1864-7.40 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK, Commanding Second Corps:

General Warren reports the enemy to have retired from his front. The commanding general directs that when he move forward, you follow him.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 22, 1864-12 m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps, Gurley House:

I should have informed you that the enemy left their position west of this point, but are in front, intrenched about a mile this side of their works.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Blick House, Weldon Railroad, August 22, 1864-1 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK, Commanding Second Corps:

The commanding general directs me to say that the division you send to destroy the railroad will obtain implements for the purpose from General Warren, to whom the commander of the division will send. It is probable that the quartermaster's party sent from City Point for the purpose of destroying the railroad have gone off altogether.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 22, 1864-2.10 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK, Commanding Second Corps:

The brigade of cavalry covering the working party on railroad will be withdrawn upon the arrival of the division of your corps on the road. One regiment of it will be left, subject to the orders of the commanders of the division, to scout and picket for him. Please direct General Miles to report his progress in destruction of the road from time to time.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major General and Chief of Staff.