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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.1
Date May-June 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 1, May-June 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #1 contains the following selected telegrams: a) May 17, 1864 - Col[onel] E. G. Lee at Richmond, [Virginia] to Maj[or] Gen[eral] Robert Ransom - Lee says that he "had hoped to return to you at once" but is ordered to report to Gen[eral] Kemper. b) June 16, [1864] - R[obert] E[dward] Lee, Drewry's Bluff, [Virginia] (via C. Marshall, A[ide] d[e] C[amp]), to "Operator at Chaffin's Bluff" - Lee directs that all his dispatches be sent to Drewry's Bluff. {p. 62 in "Calendar"}.
Archival History The CML Telegram Collection was formerly located in the MC 3 T-824 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.