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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.15
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date August-September 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 15, August-September 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #15 contains the following selected telegrams: a) August 16, 1864, 8:30 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Says "all quiet." Scouts reported yesterday that 2nd Corps is marching---possibly to prevent Early from being reinforced. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] b) August 17, 1864, 10:30 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Enemy wagons and ambulances are on the move to City Point. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] c) August 17, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard near Petersburg, to Adj[utan]t Gen[era]l S[amuel] Cooper - Beauregard asks if Gen[era]l McRae cannot be permanently assigned Martin's Brigade? {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] d) August 17, 1864, 5:30 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard near Petersburg, to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Beauregard has ordered batteries "to open daily for thirty minutes." {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] e) August 18, 1864, 10:15 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Relates that Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Dearing asks for cavalry reinforcements. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] f) August 18, 1864, 7:30 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[eral] R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Repeats Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Dearing's request for cavalry reinforcements. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] g) August 18, 1864, 10:45 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Gen[eral] Hoke reports enemy use of railroad to City Point, "also that Bands have been heard in that direction, indicating the movement of troops." {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] h) August 18, 1864, 12:30 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Beauregard quotes Gen[eral] Dearing: "Enemy is advancing in force both upon Rail road & Vaughn Road." {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] i) August 18, 1864 - Gen[eral] [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[eral] J[eremy] F[rancis] Gilmer - Informs Gilmer that Gen[eral] Lee has moved his headquarters and that Col[onel W. H.] Stevens will soon follow. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] j) August 18, 1864, 3:40 P.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 that prisoners say two divisions of the 5th Corps are on the railroad. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] k) August 18, 1864, 7:30 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Gen[era]l Heth says that Confederate forces have driven the enemy "about one mile below 'Davis House'---over 150 prisoners." {in O. R.} [cross-referenced to Henry Heth Collection and to Beauregard Collection] l) August 19, 1864, 8:30 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert E[dward] Lee - Lee learns that enemy divisions are still in place. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] m) August 19, 1864, 9:20 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Confides that "Captured Yankee captain says object of expedition" is to weaken Confederate forces in order to break the lines. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] n) August 19, 1864, 1:30 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Gen[eral] Wilcox reports the passing of wagons and artillery all night from the north to south side of the Appomattox River. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] o) August 19, 1864, 8:30 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Capt[ain] A. R. Chisolm - Informs Chisolm of a Confederate victory on the Weldon road, with a large number of prisoners taken. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] p) August 20, 1864, 7:30 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Expects to attack in the morning and has taken one brigade from Gen[eral] Hoke and another from Gen[eral] Johnson. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] q) August 20, 1864 [?] P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Says that signal stations are reporting movement of troops and that "every available man who can be spared from trenches has been withdrawn." {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] r) August 21, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Adj[utan]t Gen[eral Samuel] Cooper, Richmond, [Virginia] - Beauregard recalls his telegram requesting Generals McRae and O'Conner. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] s) August 26, 1864, 6:30 A.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [George Edward] Pickett - Demands that Pickett respond to a signal message sent in the morning. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] t) August 28, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to [Virginia] Gov[ernor] William Smith - The general impatiently observes that the telegram regarding militia has gone unanswered and requests that the governor please respond. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] u) September 7, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [location not given] to Maj[or] Gen[eral] Sam Jones, Charleston, [South Carolina] - Says he has made inquiries on Jones' behalf for boilermakers and has found only one, who works for a southside railroad and cannot be spared. Suggests Jones try Atlanta. [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