War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1094 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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December 29, 1864-4.30 p.m.

Captain C. L. DAVIS,

Chief Signal Officer:

Small working parties are building traverses midway between lead-works and large fort. Enemy had trucks on the Weldon railroad to-day hauling toward Petersburg, from vicinity of leads-works, what appeared to be ties and railroad iron.




December 29, 1864.

Lieutenant W. S. STRYKER,


3 P. M.

A train of twenty-two black-covered wagons moved into Petersburg on road near Richmond pike.


A train of fifteen wagons moved to the left on Pocahontas road at 12 m. A new gun appeared to-day in middle line of works, in line with large camp left of lead-works. No other change noticed to-day.


All quiet this p.m. The following was intercepted:

"10 A. M.

Major P.:

"Exclusive of special report there have passed in rear of Battery 5, going toward enemy's left, forty wagons; rear of same battery, going toward City Point, four trains-one of ten box and one of eight box and hour flats, one of twelve box, and one of mine box and five flats; also forty-five wagons.


"Sergeant, at D."

"Colonel B.:

"in this front all quiet this a.m.


"All quiet; gun-boat in same position.


"Sergeant, at C.

("Same to A. B.")

"12.30 P. M.

"Colonel B.:

"Ambulances have been carrying men to Strahan's upper landing for one four. A large steamer and tug just went down the river, supposed to be loaded with sick.


"Sergeant, at C.

("Same to A. B.")

"STEAURT'S FRONT-2.30 p.m.

"Colonel B.:

"No change in enemy's camps on this side of James. Small increase of tents on Signal Hill last night. At 10 a.m. seven companies of infantry drilled behind Battery A; continued until near noon and disappeared. One company of infantry drilled some time, rear of Battery C. Twenty wagons went up the river and fifteen down during the day.


"Sergeant, at C.

("Same to A. B.")