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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, December 16, 1864.

Major General G. G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The only thing of interest observed to-day within the enemy's line was the movement of two wagon trains into Petersburg from the direction of Richmond; one of seventy-eight wagons, the other of sixty-four wagons. A drove of about 150 head of cattle moved toward Richmond, seen north of Pocahontas.

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

B. F. FISHER,

Colonel and Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, December 16, 1864.

Lieutenant W. S. STRYKER,

Adjutant:

DECEMBER 16-9.20 a.m.

No change in this front this a.m.

JORDAN:

9.30 A. M.

The fog is so thick that I cannot see beyond the lines.

MARCY.

Respectfully forwarded.

L. A. DILLINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, December 16, 1864.

Lieutenant W. S. STRYKER:

The 8-inch mortar battery to the front and left of columbiad and the 10-inch mortar battery have opened on Fort Rice.

MARCY.

Respectfully forwarded.

L. A. DILLINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, December 16, 1864.

Lieutenant W. S. STRYKER:

The enemy have opened with columbiads. Forts Morton and Avery are replying.

MARCY.

Respectfully forwarded.

L. A. DILLINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.