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fort. At 9 a.m. 500 infantry,in parties of 100, 180, and 200, came from the woods west of the Weldon railroad and disappeared, moving southward. Small working parties northwest of this station within range of our guns.

FULTON.

WALTHALL HOUSE-9 a.m.

The enemy has commenced a new work in the rear of Fort Clifton.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

FRIEND'S HOUSE SIGNAL STATION, September 28, 1864-9 a.m.

Major FISHER:

A column of infantry has just moved into city at the cross-road going toward the right; nine minutes passing.

JORDAN.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, September 28, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: My lookout on station near the Friend house reports:

At 11 a.m. a body of about 200 cavalry passed out of city of Petersburg at the cross-road, moving southward toward the lead-works. At 1 p.m. a column of infantry passed into the city from the rear of Cemetery Hill, moving toward the right; it was ten minutes passing a point.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, September 28, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

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

At 2.40 p.m. about 1,800 infantry moved from the woods on the extreme left visible from this point and disappeared west of large fort.

I judge from the movements of this body of troops that they were either just relieved from the intrenchments or picked-line, or were returning from working upon some work not visible from our station, though they may be moving for some other object.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.