JERUSALEM PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,
October 28, 1864 - 1 p. m.
Major B. F. FISHER:
Column, numbering 2,000, reported halted in works to the right of large fort and other column reported as appearing on same road, in all about 3,500, are moving to our right in direction of Petersburg and are now passing lead-works.
A. K. C[AROTHERS].
CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,
October 28, 1864 - 2.30 p. 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 in direction of Petersburg, on Boydton plank road. The column was followed by four wagons.
HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,
October 28, 1864.
Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Chief of Staff:
GENERAL: In addition to the movements already reported, at 3 p. m. a column of about 1,800 infantry came toward Petersburg on the Boydton plank road and halted in the woods west of the Weldon railroad, and remained there until night. At 3.30 p. m. 600 more came on the same road and moved on toward Petersburg, disappearing behind the woods near the lead-works. At 5.30 about 1,000 came up the Boydton plank road and disappeared in the vicinity of the fort near the Weldon railroad. At 4 p. m. about 1,000 men went into the intrenchments east of Butterworth's house. A strict watch was kept upon the roads leading into the city from the west and no troops were seen entering it, so I would conclude all the troops that came up the Boydton plank road went into the works in our front.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. F. FISHER,
Major and Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.
HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
City Point, Va., October 28, 1864.
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II. Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Special Orders, Numbers 112, * from these headquarters are hereby revoked.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
T. S. BOWERS,
*See p. 357.