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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

December 7, 1864.

Captain McENTEE,

City Point:

Deserters from Archer, Lane, and Scales came in last evening. It is almost positive there has been no movement in Hill's corps up to 11 o'clock last evening. These men left the trenches and no marching orders had been given at that hour.

J. C. B[ABCOCK].

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

December 7, 1864.

Captain McENTEE,

Provost-Marshal-General's Department, City Point:

Be very careful about reporting any part of Hill's corps or Johnson's division as having gone south unless you have later information than last Thursday. Deserters from Heth, Mahone, Wilcox, and Johnson yesterday, and other information very conclusive that no force has left our front.

J. C. B[ABCOCK].

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 7, 1864.

Lieutenant WILLIAM S. STRYKER:

Camps unchanged and all quiet.

CAROTHERS.

Owing to fog no observation can be made this a.m.

HOLMAN.

No report from either of the other stations received. The unfavorable condition of the atmosphere would prevent any observations this a.m.

J. C. PAINE,

Captain and Signal Officer.

FRONT OF FORT HOWARD,

December 7, 1864.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

Owing to fog was not able to make any observations till 12 m. No change observed in the enemy's lines on this front. All quiet in their camps. Have not been able to see the Cox road to-day.

C. G. AIKEN,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.