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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

BUREAU OF INFORMATION,

December 24, 1864.

Major General G. G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Twenty deserters from the enemy have been forwarded to-day from Archer's and Davis' brigades, of Heth's division; Weisiger's brigade, of Mahone's division, and Wise's, Ransom's, and Gracie's brigades, of Johnson's division. No change or movements reported.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers C. BABCOCK.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

December 24, 1864-1.40 p.m.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The station near the Friend house reports that at 12.30 a train of forty ambulances and ninety wagons moved on road near Richmond pike and near Pocahontas going toward out left, and that a camp of six wall-tents in rear of Cemetery Hill disappeared last night; also a small infantry camp southwest of Petersburg. The station at the Avery house reports that at 11 a.m. body of about 200 infantry was seen moving to the left and rear of Fort Mahone. No other changes or movements have been reported.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain and Acting Chief Signal Officer.

FRONT OF FORT HOWARD,

December 24, 1864-5.15 p.m.

Colonel B. F. FISHER,

Chief Signal Officer, U. S. Army:

No change observed in the enemy's lines on this front to-day. Thirty-six wagons passed east and fifteen west on Cox road.

GEO. W. OAKES,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 24, 1864. (Received 6.30 p.m.)

Colonel FISHER:

Small parties have been at work in enemy's lines. Fort northwest from this station seems nearly completed. No movements observed.

I. THICKSTUN,

Captain and Signal Officer.

The station referred to by Captain Thickstun is located immediately in front of Fort Fisher.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.