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few refugees from Richmond agree as to the hard times in that locality, but have no military information. One of them says the report is current that General Lee says he will drive us off the Weldon road if it takes all his army to do it.

FRED. L. MANNING,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 28, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following dispatch received from the plank road station:

7 A. M.

All quiet and no change perceived in enemy's lines or camps. They continue to work on fortifications in vicinity of large fort near Weldon railroad.

H. W. FULTON.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 28, 1864.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following intercepted rebel messages have just been received from the signal officer at the Jordan house and are respectfully forwarded:

Colonel BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

One gun-boat above pontoon. No movements of enemy observed this p. m.

(Same to A. B.)

AUGUST 28, 1864 - 8.40 A. M.

Colonel BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

A battery of eighteen pieces, eight horses to each piece, eight horses to each caisson, passing open space to left of Cobb's going toward pontoon. About twenty-five wagons passing on road going toward Cobb's.

R.,

Sergeant at C.

(Same to A. B.)

Colonel BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

A battery of artillery have come from the enemy's front in Chesterfield and halted in open space to left of Cobb's. Thirty wagons have passed open space going toward pontoon.

R.,

Sergeant at C.

(Same to A. B.)