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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

December 9, 1864.

Major General G. G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The Church road station reports:

One of the enemy's camps, should think the camp of one regiment of infantry, 10 degrees west of north, has disappeared. It is yet too hazy to see the enemy's position generally, but the above is the only change apparent.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Colonel and Chief Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

December 9, 1864.

Major General G. G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: It has just been reported to me from the Ninth Corps that squads of infantry and stragglers were seen this a. m. upon the Richmond pike, moving toward Petersburg, which would indicate the passage of troops in that direction at an earlier hour. A few tents have been pitched to-day in the vicinity of Butterworth's house.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Colonel and Chief Signal Officer.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

December 9, 1864.

Colonel FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer:

At 10 a. m. a train of thirteen wagons moved to our left from Petersburg. Enemy's wood details on our front are not more than one-third as large as usual. Their number of pickets is also less.

A. K. C[AROTHERS],

Sergeant.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

December 9, 1864-3 p. m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: The following report has just been received from the signal station at the Church road:

DECEMBER 9, 1864-2.15 p. m.

The enemy relieved their pickets on this front at their usual hour, 10 a. m., and with the usual force. A small regiment of infantry, about 250 strong, followed by ten pack-horses, just passed a pint 10 degrees west of north from this station moving westward on Cox road. No change in enemy's camps noticed since last report.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. S. STRYKER,

Acting Chief Signal Officers.