War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0980 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C . Chapter LIV.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 1864-5.30 p.m.

Major FISHER:

A small party of enemy have been digging at each to two points of second line to-day. The object of their work could not be determined. Please send by bearer the letter and telegram of Lieutenant Hill's which you sent to Captain Taylor and Lieutenant Clarke and I will return it early in the morning.

I. S. LYON,

Signal Officer.

WALTHALL HOUSE SIGNAL STATION,

September 23, 1864-6 p.m.

Major FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

All quiet this p.m. The enemy still working beyond the city to our right of Clifton. The following has been intercepted:

9 A. M.

Colonel BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

One regiment of infantry drilling in open space to our left of Cobb's. One gun-boats above pontoon. Cars are constantly running to and from City Points.

J. A. S.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

2.30 P. M.

Colonel BRENT:

Three companies of infantry accompanied by seven wagons came from enemy's front in Prince George going toward City Point. Fifteen wagons came from same place going toward front.

J. Q. E.,

Sergeant.

(Same to A. B.)

4.15 P. M.

Colonel BRENT:

Three companies of infantry drilling at the works on Gilliam's farm. One regiment of infantry and one cavalry drilling in open space to the left of Cobb's.

J. A. S.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

5.30 P. M.

Colonel BRENT:

One regiment of infantry now drilling on Gilliam's farm; they have now retired behind the battery. One gun-boat above pontoon.

J. A. S.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

5.45 P. M.

Colonel BRENT:

Fifteen wagons passed on military road rear of Battery 5 going toward City Point. Eight passed on same road going toward Petersburg.

J. Q. E.,

At D.

(Same to A. B.)

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.