|Collection||CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION|
|Scope & Content||
Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 18, September 1864
Physical Appearance: Folder #18 contains the following selected telegrams: a) September 10, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l W[alter] H[usted] Stevens at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [George Edward] Pickett - Gen[eral] Lee requests that Pickett "open fire" as soon as possible. b) September 22, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Walter Husted] Stevens at [no location given] to Col[onel] W. P. Smith - Navy will furnish the Brooke rifles for Signal Hill Battery.
|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.|
|Subjects||CML TELEGRAM COLLECTION|