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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.3
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date May-August 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 3, May -August 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #3 contains the following selected telegrams: a) May 7, 1864, 2:15 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton has ordered General Gracie to the outer lines, notes scarcity of artillery, and reports "considerable" firing in direction of General Johnston's position. {in O.R.} b) May 7, 1864, 9:30 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l Robert Ransom - Barton sends along two deserters "who give information freely & perhaps truly!" Enemy is fortifying left of rail road near Port Walthall Junction. c) May 7, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Archibald] Gracie at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Hurry up with ammunition. Rives' Battery is at Fort Stephens, "cannot another battery be sent before daylight?" {in O.R.} d) May 8, 1864 , 8:45 A.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [location not given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton forwards a message from Brig[adier] Gen[eral] B[radley] R. Johnson and adds "nothing yet from the party of cavalry last sent out to attack pickets." {in O.R.} e) [n. d.] - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Archibald] Gracie at [no location given] to Maj[or] Chisolm - sent Col[onel] Shingler on reconnaissance. f) May 8, 1864, 4:20 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton informs Chestney that the enemy picket line the same. Port Walthall Junction is evacuated, and "the dead & wounded of the cavalry left on the field." {in O.R.} g) May 8, 1864, 6:35 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton says that the scouting party is just in from Port Walthall Junction, "found many wounded & dead Yankees on the battlefield . . . a great many guns . . ." {in O.R.} h) May 8, 1864, 10:15 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton speculates that the firing heard by Gen[eral] Johnson is at Clifton Heights. {in O.R.} i) May 8, 1864 - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton is sending out the cavalry. The engineers are trying to open passage by tomorrow evening. {in O.R.} j) May 8, 1864 - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Have sent two messages, have you received them? {in O.R.} k) May 9, 1864 - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Quiet, enemy cavalry came up to the outer line. l) [n. d.], 10 A.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Enemy moving slowly on both roads. m) May 9, 1864, 10:30 A.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Additional enemy force near outer line. {in O.R.} n) May 9, 1864, 11 A.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Enemy have halted and formed a line. {in O.R.} o) May 9, 1864, 11:30 A.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Enemy artillery fire on the left. {in O.R.} p) May 10, 1864, 9 A.M. - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at Drewry's Bluff to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory, Sec[retary] of Navy - Terrett declares "quite a heavy artillery engagement going on." {in O.R.} q) May 10, 1864, 12:30 P.M. - F. MacRae, Adj[utan]t of Post, at Drewry's Bluff, to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l E[ppa] Hunton - Maj[or] Gen[era]l Ransom requests that Hunton bring Starke's Battery. {in O.R.} r) May 10, 1864, 1 P.M. - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at Drewry's Bluff, to President Jefferson Davis - Passes along Gen[eral] Ransom's comment, "thus far we are doing well," no more information. {in O.R.} s) May 10, 1864, 1:20 P.M. - F. MacRae, Adj[utan]t of Post, at Drewry's Bluff, to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l E[ppa] Hunton - Forwards request from Maj[or] Gen[era]l Ransom to hurry. {in O.R.} t) May 10, 1864 - F. MacRae, Adj[utan]t of Post, at Drewry's Bluff, to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l E[ppa] Hunton - Ransom orders Hunton's brigade up "immediately." {in O.R.} u) May 10, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at [location not given] to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Eppa] Hunton - "Why have you not moved your Brigade here [?]" {in O.R.} v) May 11, 1864, 5 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l Robert F. Hoke at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Reports enemy retreat to Bermuda Hundred "with the intention of leaving or crossing the James River." Observed "litte disposition to fight." {in O.R.} w) May 11, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l Robert F. Hoke at [Drewry's Bluff] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg, Richmond, V[irgini]a - Enemy moved upon Petersburg railroad. {in O.R.} x) May 12, 1864, 12:45 A.M. - A. R. Chisolm at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Petersburg - Chisolm forwards a dispatch from Major General Robert F. Hoke, saying that General Bragg wants to see Beauregard in Richmond. {in O.R.} y) May 12, 1864, 10 A.M. - Gen[eral Braxton] Bragg at [location not given] to Generals Beauregard or Hoke - Just received dispatches; you judge what is essential to hold the railroad. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] z) May 12, 1864, 10 A.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Hoke says he has answered dispatches promptly. {in O.R.} aa) May 12, 1864, 3 P.M. - F. MacRae [Adjutant of Post], [Drewry's Bluff] to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory, [Secretary of Navy] - Skirmishing has commenced. {in O.R.} bb) May 12, 1864, 3:30 P.M. - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at [Drewry's Bluff] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Says that Hoke's old brigade left across the pontoon bridge in the morning, whether to Richmond or to Chaffin's, "I do not know." {in O.R.} cc) May 12, 1864 - F. MacRae [Adjutant of Post] at [Drewry's Bluff] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Just received you third telegram - "we have no couriers at our disposition." Has been unofficially told that Hoke's command is coming up to get on boats. {in O.R.} dd) May 12, 1864 - F. MacRae [Adjutant of Post], [Drewry's Bluff] to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory [Secretary of Navy] - A dispatch has just arrived, sending Hoke's old brigade back to Richmond. {in O.R.} ee) May 12, 1864, 4 P.M. - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at [location not given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - [Major] General [Robert F.] Hoke is in the field. I have not yet forwarded your message to him. {in O.R.} ff) May 12, 1864, 9 P.M. - Frank Parker, [Aide de Camp] at [location not given] to Gen[eral Braxton] Bragg - Hoke's and Barton's brigades have arrived. {in O.R.} gg) May 12, 1864, 9 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Gen[eral Braxton] Bragg - Forwarding information from citizenry that about 3,000 enemy troops passed through Chesterfield Court House earlier in the day. {in O.R.} hh) May 12, 1864, 10:30 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Enemy force of 3,000 cavalry and 6 howitzers passed Chesterfield Court House between 3 and 6 o'clock this evening. {in O.R.} ii) May 12, 1864, 10:30 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[eral Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Maj[or] Gen[eral Robert] Ransom - Enemy force of 3,000 cavalry and 6 howitzers passed Chesterfield Court House between 3 and 6 o'clock this evening. {in O.R.} jj) May 12, 1864, 12:10 P.M. - F. MacRae [Adjutant of Post], [Drewry's Bluff] to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory [Secretary of Navy] - Enemy immediately in their front, Maj[or George H.] Terrett in the trenches. {in O.R.} kk) May 12, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[eral Robert F.] Hoke at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[eral Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - "Yankee prisoners state that they captured dispatches from you to me en route from Petersburg." {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] ll) May 12, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[eral Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Hon[orable] J[ames] A. Seddon [Secretary of War] - One brigade is over the river; two more are set to move. {in O.R.} mm) May 13, 1864, 7:30 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[eral Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Gen[eral Braxton] Bragg - Informs Bragg the outer line still holding, "but the force of the enemy is so great that they can go entirely around it, and have now done so." {in O.R.} nn) May 18, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[eral Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Gen[eral Braxton] Bragg - The order sending one brigade over the river has been received. oo) May 24, 1864, 5 P.M. - Col[onel] W. H. Stevens at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[eral Braxton] Bragg - All ironclads are through the obstructions. {in O.R.} pp) August 4, 1864 - Jno. [John] [illegible], A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], at [location not given] to Maj[or] Gen[eral] W[illiam] H[enry] C[hase] Whiting - The commanding general desires to know why Whiting has issued orders regarding train hands, firemen, and Negroes from Greensboro to Raleigh.
Archival History The CML Telegram Collection was formerly located in the MC 3 T-804 through T-830 files. The Confederate Military Leaders Collection: Telegrams, Box 1 and Box 2, contain telegrams of Army of Northern Virginia officers originating from and concerned primarily with actions around Drewry's Bluff, Chaffin's Bluff, Petersburg, and Richmond, Virginia, from May through September 1864. Those officers most frequently mentioned in the telegrams are Generals Beauregard, Heth, W. H. Stevens, Pickett, Gracie, Hoke, and Robert Ransom. Folders 7 and 8 are telegrams coming to and from Robert E. Lee's headquarters, June through September 1864. Select telegrams are featured on pages 51 through 72 of "A Calendar of Confederate Papers," 1908, edited by Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman. Someone, perhaps Dr. Freeman, designated the files as "Important" or "Unimportant." Those deemed the former are largely featured in the "Official Records" and so noted. Several files concern the ordnance department, neither sent to nor received by the military leadership and are not included in the above descriptions -- accounting for gaps in the sequence. The collection was donated to the museum as a group in the early 20th century, the donor's family having acquired them from the son of the telegraph operator.
People Paynter, Mr.
Subjects CML TELEGRAM COLLECTION