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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, September 14, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

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

A column of infantry, numbering about 3,000, formed from the camps behind works in vicinity of large fort west of Weldon railroad and moved westward on the road leading from the south side of the large fort, Squirrel Level road. Twenty minutes later a body of 800 infantry disappeared on same road. Column passed between 11 a.m. and 30 a.m.

(Means, no doubt, between 11 a.m., and 11.30 a.m.)

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION, September 14, 1754-1 p.m.

Captain TAYLOR,

Signal Officer:

A column of infantry numbering about 2,000 came from woods in rear of railroad and a little to the left of the lead-works, moved to our left as far as large fort, halted, and are now resting in line in rear of their line of works.

NEEL,

Captain and Signal Officer.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION, September 14, 1864-1 p.m.

Major FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

The following was intercepted:

Colonel BRENT:

The enemy is making winter quarters at Point of Rocks.

J. A. S.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

5.30 P. M.

Colonel BRENT:

Twelve wagons passed Cobb's going toward enemy's front in Chesterfield. One large steamer just came up the river. Two gun-boats above pontoon.

J. A. S.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION, September 14, 1864-2.30 p.m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

The infantry reported halted in line of works in vicinity of large fort west of Weldon railroad have returned to woods from whence they came. A train of eight wagons moved to our left.

H. W. FULTON.