War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0698 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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Major P.:

I report there have passed rear of Battery 5, going toward enemy's left, one train of twelve box-corps, tops loaded with troops, eighteen wagons, and twenty-five beeves, and toward City Point twenty-seven wagons. A train of nine coaches, the tops loaded with troops, just passed going toward enemy's left.

W.,

Sergeant, at D.

4 P. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

Steamer just came up the river and stopped off Strahan's lower landing. No troops in sight.

R.,

Sergeant, at C.

(Same to A. B.)

4.30 P. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

I noticed some of the tents in rear of Batteries A and B. Batteries E and F have been strengthened during the night. The enemy advances their picket-line in our immediate front at 1 p. m.

(Same to A. B.)

Darkness prevented getting the remainder of the message.

I. THICKSTUN,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, November 24, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The Church road station reports:

The enemy is busily engaged in building winter quarters along this whole front. At 12 m. two pieces of artillery and one caisson passed large fort near Weldon railroad, moving eastward. At 2 p. m. two pieces of artillery and one caisson passed same point, going to the west. At 2.30 p. m. the enemy took one piece of artillery from the fort near Butterworth's house and moved it westward on Boydton plank road. All quiet at other points.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, November 24, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

No changes to report during the last twenty-four hours.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, November 24, 1864. (Received 10.15 a. m.)

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I send up nine deserters who came into my lines last night. They are from Wise's and Ransom's brigades, of Johnson's division. They have no news.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.