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HEADQUARTERS,

August 27, 1864-6.25 p. m.

Colonel SHARPE, City Point:

Two deserters from Twentieth Georgia came in this morning at Deep Bottom. Say that Anderson and Law, of Field's division, are this side the river, having crossed a few days ago; where, they do not know, but saw them move toward their pontoon brigade. Deserter from in front of Ord's late headquarters, from Thirty-first North Carolina, came in night before last. Says the whole of Hoke's division is there. Deserter from Fifty-third Virginia, in our front, thinks Scales' brigade is there. Says he saw their wagons. Otherwise everything remains uncharged.

FRED. L. MANNING,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 27, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following dispatch received from station near the Gibbon house:

A detachment of infantry, numbering about 1,500, passed a point south west by west from this station, moving toward the right. They were preceded by a train of twelve wagons. Stragglers moved with the wagons, but were too distant to tell whether armed or not.

A. C. JORDAN,

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 27, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following dispatch from the plank road station is respectfully forwarded:

7 A. M.

The enemy are still working on new line of works in large force, and are apparently building a large redoubt or fort east of railroad and south-southeast from the fort on the west side of the Weldon railroad. This work is at the termination of their line lately thrown up in that vicinity. The line in our immediate front has been strengthened during the night. Camps also evince more activity. All quiet.

FULTON.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 27, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following report from the plank road station is respectfully forwarded:

9.30 A. M.

At 8.30 a. m. column of infantry came from the left on line of Weldon railroad, halted and came to a front, facing this way, east and near the large fort. After remaining half an hour 150 came toward our picket-line, 200 moved toward Peters-