War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0870 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

December 8, 1864-4.10 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

There is a brigade of infantry, followed by six ambulances and one wagon, now moving westward on the Cox road. The column marches well closed, displayed three colors, and was nine minutes in passing a point 10 degrees west of north.

VAN. B. SLEEPER,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

December 8, 1864-5 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

Very quiet in the enemy's lines on this front since last report.

VAN B. SLEEPER,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION,

December 8, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Captain PAINE,

Signal Officer, Ninth Army Corps:

One regiment of infantry just passed rear of Whitehead's going toward enemy's right.

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION,

December 8, 1864-2.30 p. m.

Captain PAINE:

Two trains of cars, one of five flats, the other of ten box and three coaches, ran into Petersburg on the old road at 2 p. m. The box-cars all had troops on top. About fifteen minutes after about 800 infantry came out of the city and went down the river.

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

FRONT OF FORT HOWARD,

December 8, 1864-1.40 p. m.

Major B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

A column of infantry passed west one the Cox road. They were well closed and five minutes passing a point.

C. G. AIKEN,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.