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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 14, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

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

About 800 infantry at 3.30 p.m. moved from the large fort in vicinity of Weldon railroad and disappeared in woods moving toward our picket-line. All quiet.

The enemy's signal officers report minor movements on our part in the vicinity of the Appomattox. They report our force making winter quarters at Point of Rocks.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

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

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

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

4.40 P. M.

A column of infantry and cavalry moved westward on road leading from large fort, Squirrel Level road. It appeared coming from the left (our left) on line of Weldon railroad; were twelve minutes in passing. Another column of infantry appeared from woods in vicinity of large fort and followed the first column; this was ten minutes in passing. The dust prevents a correct estimate of their numbers. They commenced moving about 3.15 p.m.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION, September 14, 1864-6.15 p.m.

Major FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

All quiet this p.m.; enemy still working on Fort Clifton. What shall I do with this extra horse? I need it here, as but three of my men are mounted. If I keep it, will you please give me an order on Lieutenant Capron for forage?

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

SEPTEMBER 14, 1864-6.30 p.m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

No movement of the enemy noticed to-day. Small details on new works all day. A good many loads of poles moved into town from the left this p.m., coming toward the front in about a line between Petersburg and this station. Have not been able to see roads west of city since 12 this m. on account of smoke.

A. C. JORDAN.