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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.20
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date September 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 20, September 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #20 (Ordnance & Dept. Papers) contains the following selected telegrams: a) September 2, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Capt[ain] C. T. Mason - Asks about the availability of two-inch plank. b) September 9, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Capt[ain] W. D. Stuart at Pickett's Headquarters - Specifies not to open fire with the three-inch guns until he hears from Stevens. c) September 17, 1864 - L[ieutenan]t Col[onel] B. G. Baldwin at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [George Edward] Pickett - Notes that Gen[eral] Lee is expecting to get a "seven-inch Brooke gun." d) September 20, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [location not given] to Capt[ain] T. T. L. Snead, 1st & Franklin St[reet]s, [Richmond, Virginia]. e) September 21, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Capt[ain] W. G. Turpin - Authorizes purchase. f) September 22, 1864 - Willis(?) at [no location given] to [Major] Gen[era]l [William Henry Chase] Whiting - States rather hotly that he has not received a dollar for the amount placed to his account. g) September 23, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Capt[ain] C. T. Mason - Will send fifty (50) Negroes tomorrow. In the future, Mason is to please acknowledge all telegrams upon receipt. h) September 23, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Capt[ain] W. D. Stuart - Asks whether or not the work can be hastened by acquiring more Negroes. If so, how many? Also asks Stuart to please acknowledge all telegrams upon receipt. i) September 29, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Capt[ain] W. D. Stuart - Notes that the contract times of impressed slaves expire on Friday, September 30.
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