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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, October 25, 1864.

Major FISHER:

This a.m. a working party has been engaged strengthening the picket-posts near the Bailey house and a party of twenty-five has been similarly engaged near the site of the W. W. Davis house, strengthening the pits there with logs and enlarging them. Unusual cheering in the enemy's camps on the Duncan road and near the R. Jones house.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, October 25, 1864.

Lieutenant STRYKER:

I have seen Sergeant Jordan and learn that he observed a dust on the road mentioned. The dust extended from a quarter to half a mile but he was unable to discover any movement or tell from which direction the dust originated. It was near dark and very hazy. He merely stated that the dust was three but could give no opinion at all in reference to it.

R. P. STRONG,

Signal Officer.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION, October 25, 1864-5.30 p.m.

Captain PAINE:

Those troops before reported in works near Jones' have encamped on that ground. At 2 p.m. one regiment was drilling in open field near Boisseau's. Nothing further has become visible since last report.

J. L. PRAY,

Sergeant.

(Also sent to Captain C. L. Davis.)

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, October 25, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: My stations report no movements seen to-day. The enemy at some points came out in line this morning as if about to strike their camp, but afterward quietly dispersed to their quarters. Considerable cheering in the enemy's lines along the Duncan road and near the R. Jones house this p.m.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.