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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

October 3, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following has just been received from the signal station near Jerusalem plank road, dated 10 a. m.:

About 1,500 infantry with arms and knapsacks have in small parties left their works in vicinity of the Gregory Chimneys and point of woods to the left. Also they came from the works in edge of woods in rear of Gregory's Chimneys or to the right of the steeples and from some points farther to the right. They all appear to aim for some point in the road leading southward from Petersburg, but that road is not visible until it passes the lead-works. But few troops remain visible in the intrenchments and from the lead-works to beyond the Gregory Chimneys.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. S. STRYKER,

Acting Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 3, 1864-10.30 [a. m.]

Major FISHER:

Just received the following report from Captain Thickstun:

Over 300 men left the enemy's works between Norfolk railroad and plank road and passed toward large camp. Could not see whether they went farther to the left or not, as I could watch only one point at a time. A large number may have gone.

TAYLOR.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 3, 1864-5 p. m.

Major FISHER:

All quiet this p. m. The following has been intercepted:

Colonel B [RENT]:

No change this a. m. Two gun-boats above pontoon. Along the line all men have no arms; will come immediately for them to headquarters.

B. F.,

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

October 3, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following message received rom the plank road station is respectfully forwarded:

5.10 P. M.

At 4.45 p. m. about 1,600 infantry and a section of artillery came up the road running west from large fort (probably the Squirrel Level road) and marched southward on Weldon railroad. A dozen of mounted men followed the column of infantry, apparently bringing up the stragglers, of which there were about fifty. At 2 p. m. 150 infantry came from the direction of Petersburg and halted in the point of woods