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CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

October 27, 1864-10.15 a.m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

About one hour ago a column of the enemy's infantry was noticed on Boydton plank road near fort, 15 degrees east of north, moving west; marched well closed and were fifteen minutes in passing a point. Another column of enemy's infantry just observed in rear of their works west from this station marching east; twenty minutes in passing a point.

SLEEPER,

Sergeant.

JERUSALEM PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

October 27, 1864-11.20 a.m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

A column of infantry, number about 1,600, appeared in vicinity of lead-works, coming from the direction of Petersburg; disappeared moving west on road south of large fort; twenty-four ambulances preceded the column. There appears to be considerable confusion in enemy's camps on the extreme left visible from this point. No changes in our front.

A. K. CAROTHERS.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

October 27, 1864-11.30 a.m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

A column of enemy's infantry just passed open space north-northwest from this station, moving west on the Boydton plank road. The column was marching rapidly and was twenty minutes in passing a point.

SLEEPER,

Sergeant.

FRONT OF FORT HOWARD,

October 27, 1864-12 m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

About 1,500 infantry left this front east of Butterworth's house and moved west on Boydton plank road. They were six minutes passing a point east of lead-works.

C. G. AIKEN,

Sergeant.

JERUSALEM PLAK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

October 27, 1864-12.20 p.m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

At 12 m. about 2,000 infantry appeared in vicinity of lead-works moving south as far as large fort and disappearing on road running west; at the same time about 100 infantry moved toward Petersburg from works in our immediate front.

[A. K. CAROTHERS.]