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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.17
Date August 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 17, August 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #17 contains the following selected telegrams: a) August 3, 1864 - Col[onel] George Brent at [no location given] to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Laurence Simmons] Baker - Orders for Capt[ain] Bender to report to Col[onel W. H.] Stevens, Chief Engineer. b) August 9, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to W. P. Miles - A cryptic message--"would do so with pleasure but he is not under my orders." [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] c) August 9, 1864 - Col[onel] George Brent at [no location given] to [Brigadier] Gen[era]l [Laurence Simmons] Baker - Orders for Capt[ain] Cogdell to report to his command. d) August 13, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at Petersburg, [Virginia] to Maj[or] E. Willis - Please bring spyglass. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] e) August 20, 1864, 8:15 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - "Gen[eral] Hill reports Enemy still occupying part of W[eldon] R[ail] R[oa]d." {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] f) August 21, 1864 - Col[onel] George Brent at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[eral] D[aniel] H[arvey] Hill - Capt[ain] Morrison is recovering. g) August 30, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[eral Walter Husted] Stevens at [Petersburg, Virginia] to A. S. Barrows(?), Lynchburg, [Virginia] - Orders Barrows to report to Petersburg "without delay." h) August 31, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Capt[ain] W. G. Turpin - There is to be no official notice of acceptance of Douglas' resignation.
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.