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PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

December 1, 1864 - 10 a. m.

Major B. F. FISHER:

Working parties near lead-works and large fort. No movements or changes observed.

A. K. C[AROTHERS],

Sergeant.

FRONT OF FORT HOWARD,

December 1, 1864 - 5 p. m.

Captain C. L. DAVIS:

No change observed in the enemy's lines on this front this day. A working party seen at work strengthening works east of lead-works. A few wagons seen moving east and west on Boydton plank road. All quiet in the enemy's camps.

C. G. AIKEN,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 425.

Washington, December 1, 1864.

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36. Colonel C. H. Morgan, inspector-general Second Army Corps, will report in person without delay to Major-General Hancock, U. S. Volunteers, in this city, for assignment to temporary duty, to take effect from the time of General Hancock's arrival here.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

CHIEF ENGINEER'S OFFICE,

December 1, 1864.

Bvt. Major General J. G. BARNARD,

Chief Engineer Combined Armies in Virginia:

GENERAL: I have the honor to submit the following report of bridge material, &c., as desired by your communication of the 21st ultimo, viz:

There was brought with the Army of the James on its present campaign in May, bridge train Numbers 15 (French bateaux), bridge train Numbers 17 (canvas). These were new trains completely fitted out. the lines of train Numbers 15 were delivered in coil and cut afterward as needed. Train Numbers 15 consists of fifty bateaux complete in all their parts, twelve trestles complete, and wagons and harness for the train. Train Numbers 17 consists of twenty-five canvas boats complete, with wagons. Train Numbers 15 is at present in use as follows, viz: Fourteen boats in the bridge across the Appomattox at Broadway Landing, and thirty-six boats in the bridge across the James River at Aiken's Landing. Train Numbers 17 is on board of barge Oregon, near the bridge across the Appomattox River, and owing to the state of the canvas, from its use during the months of September and October, is until for further use without new

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