War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0926 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION,

December 10, 1864-5 p.m.

Captain PAINE,

Signal Officer:

No change has been observed. The following have been intercepted:

8.30 A. M.

Major P.:

Three trains have been heard to pass rear of Battery 5 since last evening. At 10 p.m. the trains appeared to be running in both directions.

W.,

Sergeant at D.

3.30 P. M.

Major P.:

I report there have passed rear of Battery 5, going toward enemy's left, two trains, one of eleven and the other of fifteen box-cars, and eleven wagons. In rear of same battery, going toward City Point, three trains of cars and two or three wagons.

W.,

Sergeant, at D.

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 10,1 864-2 p.m.

General H. W. BENHAM,

City Point:

The commanding general directs that you move at once to Meade's Station by railroad, with all the available infantry force at City Point subject to your orders, exclusive of the troops belonging to General Patrick's command. The works will be left in charge of the artillery. You will call upon the quartermaster's department for the necessary transportation. On arriving at Meade's Station you will report for further orders to Major-General Parke, whose headquarters are near that place.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ENGINEER Brigadier AND DEFENSES OF CITY POINT,

December 10, 1864.

Captain S. CHESTER,

Commanding Provisional Companies:

You will proceed with the troops under your command by rail to Meade's Station. On arriving there you will report to Major-General Parke, saying to him that the commanding general will report in person as soon as the command gets away from here. You will give the same orders to Lieutenant-Colonel Walcott and Lieutenant-Colonel Clough.

By order of Brigadier-General Benham:

CHANNING CLAPP,

Assistant Adjutant-General.