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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

September 5, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following report has been received from the plank road station:

8 A. M.

All quiet. Small fatigue parties are at work at different points of enemy's line. No change of camps visible.

H. W. FULTON.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

SEPTEMBER 5, 1864-9 a.m.

Major FISHER:

Enemy at work at the exploded fort, digging, &c. They are mostly hidden from view in their works. All quiet at other points.

I. S. LYON,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

P. S.-I will report in reference to that horse to-morrow.

PLANK ROAD STATION, September 5, 1864.

Major FISHER:

At 4 p.m. a regiment of coloreds troops moved down plank road toward Jones' house, shell by enemy. About 5 p.m. a column of dust was seen west of Weldon railroad in edge of woods and extending from large fort southward. It continued about half an hour. No other movement visible.

FULTON.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 5, 1864- 9 a.m. (Received 9.30 a.m.)

General HUMPHREYS:

Two deserters from Mahone's brigade have just come in. One of them says he saw two brigades of Field's division pass through Petersburg from the other side of the Appomattox and go to their right. One brigade was Bratton's. The time they commenced passing was about 3 in the afternoon. Had heard nothing of Early.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 55, 1864. (Received 9.30 a.m.)

General HUMPHREYS:

Yesterday being Sunday, little work was done on my line. This morning fatigue parties are at work slashing and perfecting abatis.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.