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CITY POINT, VA., August 30, 1864.

Major General GEORGE G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

Your dispatch was received.* The chief engineer of the railroad will report to Major Duane this morning, and will arrange all details for the prompt construction of the road. I have asked at Washington for an increased force of trackmen and mechanics and the necessary material. The expense will not finally amount to much, as we can save the material, and I trust the work can be performed certainly during September.

RUFUS INGALLS,

Brigadier-General and Chief Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, DEPARTMENT OF PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

August 30, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Two deserters from Posey's and Wright's brigades, of Mahone's division, report that A. P. Hill's corps is all in our front; Heth and Mahone occupy their old positions, and Wilcox occupies the extreme right of the line. They report no changes in position since their troops returned from Reams' Station. They know nothing of a projected railroad from South Side to Weldon.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. MCENTEE,

Captain, & c.

[Indorsement.]

Forward to General Meade at headquarters Second Corps. One of the men deserted from picket-line at dark last night; the other at 7 o'clock this morning.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

August 30, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following telegram received from plank road station:

8.30 a. m.

All quiet. Enemy appears in stronger force than yesterday in front line of intrenchments from the Gregory Chimneys to large fort on our left near Weir (undoubtedly Weldon railroad). Also, enemy's camp in the woods in our immediate front is somewhat larger than it was last evening.

H. W. FULTON.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.

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* See Meade to Ingalls, 29th, p. 366.

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