War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1088 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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Heth's division; two from Forty-eighth Mississippi, Harris' brigade, Mahone's division; one from Thirty-fourth Virginia, Wise's brigade, Johnson's division; seven from Forty-third Alabama, Gracie's brigade, Johnson's division. No movements in any of the above divisions; rumors of a movements of part of Heth's and Wilcox's division; Davis' brigade, of Heth's division, and McGowan's brigade, of Wilcox's division, under marching orders. One of informations from the Forty-fourth North Carolina, MacRae's brigade, states that troops (infantry) were moving toward Petersburg on the Boydton plank road night before last; can give no other particulars. The troops under marching orders in Hill's corps had orders to be ready at a moment's warning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers C. BABCOCK.

FRONT OF FORT HOWARD,

December 28, 1864-5 p.m.

Captain C. L. DAVIS,

Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac:

All quiet in the enemy's lines on this front. No change observed this day. Twenty-six wagons moved west and eleven east on the Cox road.

C. G. AIKEN,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 28, 1864. (Received 5.40 p.m.)

Captain DAVIS,

Chief Signal Officer:

No change observed in enemy's camps since last report. The usual strengthening of works and picket-lines continues. A train of passenger-cars passed at 11.30 a.m.; train of twelve freight-cars, 12.15 p.m., and one of freight-cars at 2 p.m. All going toward Petersburg.

I. THICKSTUN,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 28, 1864. (Received 10 a.m.)

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

No change in the disposition of this command since last report. Four deserters from the enemy came into our lines during the night and one contraband yesterday.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Second Army Corps.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

December 28, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report that nothing of importance has transpired on the lines of this corps during the preceding twenty-four hours.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General.