War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0688 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, November 23, 1864.

Major FISHER:

A. K. Carothers reports no changes and all quiet. Jordan reports the enemy bolding quarters in the woods in rear of Fort Clifton.

THICKSTUN.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, November 23, 1864.

Major FISHER:

Sergeant Carothers reports enemy improving works in front of leadworks; also at a point 300 yards to the right of lead-works. All quiet. Sergeant Holman reports considerable activity in enemy's camps during the day. Three pieces of artillery, followed by fifteen wagons, passed rear of Whitehead's, going toward Petersburg.

I. THICKSTUN,

Acting Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, November 23, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: From the investigations I have since made I have concluded that the train of cars reported to me as being upon a new track upon the north bank of the old track, which only came into view from this point, the Avery house, at that time. With the exception of a few minor changes all quiet to-day along the enemy's position. Three pieces of artillery, followed by fifteen wagons, passed by the rear of Whitehead's Factory, going toward Petersburg. Small working parties engaged upon works near the lead-works. A train of fifteen box cars went west, and two trains of five cars each came east, upon South Side Railroad this p. m.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, November 23, 1864.

[Major FISHER:]

SIR: The following messages were intercepted do-day at Holman's station:

9 A. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

A train of flats, number unknown, passed rear of Battery 5, going toward enemy's left.

B. C.,

At D..

(Same to C.)

9.30 A. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

At 9 a. m. a steamer came up the river and stopped at Strahan's lower landing about ten minutes and ten went back.

R.,

Sergeant.

(Same to C.)