War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0659 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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Major B. F. FISHER:

SEPTEMBER 2, 1864-5.25 p.m.

General BEAUREGARD:

This last message could not get on account of sun and smoke, but it said something about wire can be had and something about the canal.

G. E. PICKETT.

F. FULLER,

Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

September 2, 1864-6.30 p.m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

The enemy are working by large detail on new line of works running from their main line in vicinity of lead-works southward. The part running from sheds on railroad to our right, and connecting with main line, has not been worked on before for eight days. No movements or change of camp visible.

H. W. FULTON,

Sergeant.

SEPTEMBER 2, 1864-6.30 P. M.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

Several light trains seen on Richmond road this p.m. moving toward the right. Otherwise the usual quiet has prevailed all day.

A. C. JORDAN,

Sergeant.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

September 2, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to forward the following intercepted rebel messages received from the signal officer at Walthall house:

Sergeant R.,

At C.:

Have there been any movements of enemy since last p.m.? Watch them and report their movements.

B.,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

Colonel B.:

Could not see any distance before 8 a.m. When fog cleared off, made the following observations: One company of cavalry and one battery of artillery drilling in open space to our left of Cobb's.

R.,

Sergeant at C.

Our officer at the Walthall house states that he observes no changes in the rebel line or camps, and no movements. The officer at the plank road station reports:

The enemy are active in improving works on our front; are building an extensive fort in front of woods near lead-works; have also commenced a new line of works