War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0423 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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AUGUST 23, 1864.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

No change this p.m. Our pickets have compelled the enemy to cease work on two-gun fort on the hill. Enemy hauling logs to the front.

All quiet.

AVERY HOUSE STATION.

Thirty-four wagons have passed over road in rear of Petersburg since 1 this p.m., moving toward enemy's right. No movements of troops seen. This road is being almost constantly used by the enemy and think it is the same road seen from Lieutenant Duff's station. All quiet.

WARTS,

Lieutenant.

AUGUST 23, 1864

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

This a.m. enemy's signal station reports three regiments on drill near Cobb's, and two regiments of cavalry going toward their front in Chesterfield. No movements of the rebels observed to-day. Weather this p.m. very smoky. The line of rebels reported this a.m. south of Petersburg remained the same till the haze prevented them from being seen.

FULLER,

Lieutenant.

JORDAN HOUSE, August 23, 1864-4 p.m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

Good many stragglers seen this a.m. going toward Petersburg. Fifteen wagons loaded with hay in bales, and about same number loaded with tops of trees, having the appearance of being cut for abatis, passing in same direction. A 20-pounder Parrott gun has disappeared from Archer's battery. Wagons and ambulances have been passing both ways about the same as usual.

T. R. CLARK,

Acting Signal Officer.

JORDAN HOUSE, August 23, 1864.

Major B. F. FISHER

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

Your note requesting information in regard to stragglers received. The stragglers came from direction of Richmond, passed on road in rear of Whitehead's Factory, and went in direction of Petersburg. They were infantry, and were seen from daylight to about 12 m. None this p.m.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. R. CLARK,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.