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WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION,

October 31, 1864 - 6 p. m.

Captain TOWN,

Chief Signal Officer, Second Army Corps:

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

Colonel B[RENT]:

A steamer just came up the river and stopped off Strahan's lower landing. Gunboat above pontoon.

J. A. S.

At C.

(Same to A. B.)

12 M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

A train of flats loaded with troops just passed, going to the rear of Petersburg.

B. F.,

At D.

(Same to A. B.)

STEUART'S FRONT - 3.30 p. m.

Colonel B[RENT]:

About 9 a. m. a steamer passed down the river; about eight companies of infantry in line with arms stacked, rear of Battery A, were dispersed to the woods. Thirty wagons and fifteen ambulances passed up the river and fifteen wagons down. No change in our front. Dredge invisible. A lot of beeves grazing below Dutch Gap. From Dunn's: At 2 p. m. a steamer went up the river and stopped at Strahan's lower landing. Sloops off same landing. Gun-boat in same position.

R.,

Sergeant, at C.

(Same to A. B.)

Very respectfully,

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 294.

October 31, 1864.

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The One hundred and eighty-ninth Regiment of New York Volunteers and Battery H, First Rhode Island Artillery, having, in compliance with paragraph 1, of Special Orders, Numbers 113, of October 28, 1864, from headquarters Armies of the United States, reported for duty with this army, are assigned, the former to the Fifth Corps, and the latter to the Artillery Reserve.

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6. In compliance with instructions received from headquarters Armies of the United States, the brigade of regular troops serving in the Fifth Corps will at once proceed to the city of New York and report for further orders to Major-General Dix. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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10. Paragraph VI, of Special Orders, Numbers 294, of this date, from these headquarters, directing that the brigade of regular troops serving in the Fifth Army Corps proceed to the city of New York, is revoked.

11. In compliance with instructions received from headquarters Armies of the United States, the organizations of regular infantry serving in the Fifth Army Corps will at once proceed as regiments and battalions to the city of New York and report for further orders to Major