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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.6
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date May-June 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 6, May-June 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #6 contains the following selected telegrams: a) May 9, 1864, 9 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Informs that the President has just left, "what is to be done be me & what is condition of affairs?" {in O.R.} b) May 10, 1864, 5:15 A.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney - Directs Chestney to tell [General] Bragg he is pressing the enemy and that Gen[era]l Hunton is at Chaffin's. c) May 10, 1864, 6 A.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom below Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - A question on Drewry's Bluff--"answer at once." d) May 10, 1864, 7 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Number certain at 25 killed, 175 wounded. Enemy not inclined to push pickets past battlefield. e) May 11, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom near Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Enemy fell back last night; "nothing yet from Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard." f) May 11, 1864, 1 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Reports turnpike open to Petersburg and does not know whereabouts of Beauregard. {in O.R.} g) May 11, 1864, 1:30 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom near Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - If [General] Hunton's brigade not at Richmond, it should return to the Bluff. h) May 11, 1864, 5 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Maj[or] Gen[era]l Hoke has just reported, but as it is too late to attack today, "what are your wishes?" {in O.R.} i) May 11, 1864, 6:45 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - [Major General] Hoke has many guns but "only forty rounds of ammunition." Send ammunition by boat "as Hoke has no train." j) May 11, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Send Maj[or] Stark with 4 pieces of artillery. k) May 12, 1864, 12:30 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Hon[orable] J[ames] A. Seddon [Secretary of War] - Received dispatch ordering him to Richmond. l) May 13, 1864, 10 A.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Enemy still in his front. No word from Gen[era]l Beauregard-doubts he can communicate. m) May 13, 1864, 4 o' clock - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Ready to cooperate with Gen[era]l Beauregard. {in O.R.} n) May 13, 1864, 7:30 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at Drewry's Bluff, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom - Enemy in heavy force between the Bluff and Richmond. {in O.R.} o) May 13, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at [location not given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Heavy skirmishing on his front, will be ready for Gen[era]l Beauregard. p) May 14, 1864, 4 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Says he arrived with part of Colquitt's brigade an hour earlier, now awaiting orders. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] q) June 16, 1864, 3 P.M. - Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - Had not received notice of intended evacuation until 2 A.M. - troops by then at Malvern Hill. "Am glad to hear you can hold Petersburg." (signed by Lee) {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection]
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