War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0246 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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Corps last evening. There has been no change in the position of Mahone's division except that it moved a little to the left day before yesterday, to fill the space vacated by Wise's brigade, which has all or part of it withdrawn from the front. No indications of the arrival of any of Early's command or Whiting's division.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers C. BABCOCK.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

October 16, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to state that the signal station near the Jerusalem plank road reports this morning that the camp of the enemy reported last evening as indicating a breaking up has settled down to their former quiet. The other stations report all quiet. The station at the Friend house reports that the enemy made some progress last night on their new fort in front of Fort McGilvery.

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

WM. S. STRYKER,

Acting Chief Signal Officer.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION.

October 16, 1864-9 a.m.

Captain PAINE:

With the exception of an engine going west on the South Side Railroad at 7.15 a.m. no movements or changes have been detected from this station.

J. L. PRAY,

Sergeant.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

October 16, 1864-5 p.m.

Captain PAINE:

An unusual quietness has been observed throughout the enemy's camp to-day. Much less than the usual amount of travel has appeared on the Boydton plank road.

J. L. PRAY,

Sergeant

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 16, 1864

Lieutenant STRYKER:

Holman reports all quiet this p.m. He intercepted the following messages:

OCTOBER 16-4.50 p.m.

Colonel B[RENT]:

---- pieces of artillery have just passed open space going toward front in Chesterfield. They came from direction of Bermuda Hundred.

J. A. S.,

At C.