War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1035 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, December 18, 1864.

Lieutenant W. S. STRYKER,

Adjutant, Signal Corps, Army of the Potomac:

All quiet this p.m. At 3.30 p.m. a smoke was observed in rear of Richmond and Petersburg Railroad, supposed to proceed from a train of cars on new road. The following has been intercepted:

11.30 A. M.

Colonel B.:

From Steuart's front: "All quiet."

From Dunn's: "The enemy are building more winter quarters at Point of Rocks. Gun-boat in same position."

R.,

Sergeant, at C.

(Same to A. B.)

No message has been sent from D. yesterday p.m. or to-day.

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

No changes observed in the enemy's lines this p.m.

JUDSON.

All quiet.

JORDAN.

Respectfully forwarded.

J. C. PAINE,

Captain.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, December 18, 1864.

Lieutenant W. S. STRYKER:

4 P. M.

Engine run out on Weldon [railroad] this p.m. All quiet.

JORDAN.

All quiet; nothing new in front of this station this p.m.

5 P. M.

All quiet this p.m. No change observed during to day. The following have been intercepted:

"9 A. M.

"Colonel B[RENT]:

"A steamer just went down the river; no troops on board.

"R.,

"Sergeant, at C.

("Same to A. M.")

"STEUART'S FRONT-10.40 a.m.

"Colonel B[RENT]:

"Yesterday evening two regiments of infantry were drilling in field behind new battery on north side; very few wagons were seen. The enemy continues to work on abatis and now have it completed from our right up to new battery toward Battery A. Considerable picket-firing in our front last night. No artillery engaged. Considerable firing this a.m.

"R.,

"Sergeant, At C.

("Same to A. B.")