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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

September 26, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The lookout at the plank road station reports:

No indications of movements or change within any part of the enemy's lines visible from this point. Working parties are busy on works left of large fort west of the Weldon railroad, also in the vicinity of lead-works. A party is working on the plain in rear of Gregory's chimneys. this party is within range of our batteries.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

SIGNAL STATION NEAR FRIEND'S HOUSE,

September 26, 1864-5.30 p. m.

Major FISHER:

Nothing unusual since last report except appearance of small camp northwest of us near Petersburg and Richmond pike.

JORDAN,

Sergeant.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION,

September 26, 1864-6 p. m.

Major FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

At 3. p. m. a cloud of dust was observed rising near the fort southwest of this town. On close examination it was thought that we could see guns glisten and that a column of troops was moving in the direction of the city. If it was troops they were two hours passing one point. Owing to the smoky condition of the atmosphere it was impossible to ascertain positively, but it was the impression that it was infantry.

The following has been intercepted:

12 M.

Colonel B[RENT]

The camps to the rear of open space have decreased. Twenty five wagons passed open space going to the front in Chesterfield. One gun-boat above pontoon.

J. A. S.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

Colonel B[RENT]:

One regiment of infantry is drilling on Marias [Maurice] Gilliam's farm. Two companies of cavalry just passed open space going to our left. About sixty horses passed open space going to our left. Eight wagons passed open space going to our left of Cobb's. One gun-boat above pontoon.

J. A. S.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.