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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.24
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date June-September 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 24, June-September 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #24 contains the following selected telegrams: a) June 21, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee at New Market, V[irgini]a, to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Report of pontoon bridge across the James River. {in O.R.} b) June 21, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee at New Market, V[irgini]a, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [George Edward] Pickett - Report of pontoon bridge across the James River. {in O.R.} c) June 21, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee at [no location given] to Col[onel] W. P. Kinery - Enemy force numbers about 2,000. {in O.R.} d) September 20, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l R[ichard] H[eron] Anderson - Informs Anderson of [General] Early's heavy losses at Fisher's Hill. Send Kershaw's division and Cutshaw's battalion if required. (Signed by Lee) {in O.R.} e) September 20, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l R[ichard] H[eron] Anderson - Remain and report conditions. Cutshaw's battion will be needed in the Valley. (Signed by Lee) {in O.R.} f) September 23, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Richard Heron] Anderson - Says [General] Early has fallen back to New Market. Send Kershaw's division and report yourself at once. {in O.R.} g) September 23, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l [Jubal Anderson] Early - Tells Early that [General] Kershaw is on the way. "Do not bring on battle until Kershaw joins you." {in O.R.} h) September 23, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to Sec[retary] of War, [James A.] Seddon - Reports on Fisher's Hill. Loss of artillery greater than loss of men. (Signed by Lee) {in O.R.} i) September 25, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l [Jubal Anderson] Early - Informs Early that more cavalry will be sent to Lynchburg, [Virginia]. {in O.R.} j) September 26, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to Sec[retary] or War, [James A.] Seddon - Early reports fighting at New Market. (postwar copy). k) September 28, 1864 - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l Thomas Rosser - Proceed according to Gen[eral] Early's instructions. (Signed by Lee) {in O.R.}
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