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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.4
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date April-June 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 4, April-June 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #4 contains the following selected telegrams: a) April 7, 1864 - A[rchibald] Gracie, Brig[adier] Gen[eral], at Drewry's Bluff, to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney - Sent two wagons with ordnance to General Johnson last night, have not heard from him. b) May 7, 1864 - John K. Mitchell [Commander, Naval Forces] from Flag Ship "Richmond," Drewry's Bluff, to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory [Secretary of Navy] - Please hurry up with the parts for the "Virginia." c) May 9, 1864, 10 A.M. - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at Drewry's Bluff, to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory [Secretary of Navy] - Orders in from General Barton to meet enemy immediately, enemy on the march and advancing slowly. {in O.R.} d) May 9, 1864, 11 A.M. - L[ieutenan]t F. MacRae [Confederate States Marine Corps] at Drewry's Bluff, to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory [Secretary of Navy] - Wires on behalf of Dr. Turner, requesting boat to transport the wounded. e) May 9, 1864, 9:45 A.M. - Henry H. Sengstack, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], at Drewry's Bluff, to [Brigadier] Gen[era]l [Archibald] Gracie - Forwards message from General Bragg suspending order for Gracie's troops to cross over Bluff. f) May 9, 1864, 12 Noon(?) - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at Drewry's Bluff, to Hon[orable] S[tephen] R. Mallory [Secretary of Navy] - Respectfully responding to dispatch requesting men to aid Engineers, Terrett says that he has none to spare. g) May 9, 1864 - Col[onel] John Dunnovant near Drewry's Bluff, to Maj[or] Gen[eral Robert] Ransom - Dispatch received. h) May 11, 1864 - (By order of) Maj[or] Gen[eral] R[obert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney - Send steamer at once to Drewry's Bluff. i) May 11, 1864, 4 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney - Send two cars to Chester Station for the wounded. j) May 11, 1864, 4 P.M. - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg, "Thus far, the enemy have not passed beyond the point of general attack this morning." k) May 13, 1864, 2 A.M. - Maj[or] T. P. Branch at Drewry's Bluff to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom - Asks the general to "please send my boy with my mare . . ." l) May 13, 1864 - F. E. Shepperd at Chaffin's Bluff to Col[onel] John T. Wood [in the President's office] - [Illegible - too faded to decipher]. m) May 16, 1864 - Thomas Branch at Petersburg, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert] Ransom - "How is Maj[or] Branch?" n) May 19, 1864, 12:30 A.M. - Maj[or] G[eorge] H. Terrett to Col[onel] Ives [on President's staff] - Your message received. o) May 20, 1864 - E. Willis at [no location given] to Gen[era]l A. R. Lawton. p) May 31, 1864 - G. E. Saunders at Montgomery, Alabama, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l B[radley] R. Johnson - Accepts offer and will leave promptly. q) June 2, 1864 - F. MacRae at Drewry's Bluff, to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Archibald] Gracie - You can communicate directly with General Beauregard by telegraph. {in O.R.} r) June 9, 1864 - 10:30 P.M. - Maj[or] G[eorge] H. Terret at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard - Terrett informs Beauregard that dispatch received from Bragg's AAG holding back Gracie. {in O.R.} s) June 10, 1864, 1:10 P.M. - Maj[or] G[eorge] H. Terrett at Drewry's Bluff, to Col[onel] John T. Wood [Aide de Camp to President Davis] - Reports on ordnance and "great scarcity of proper transportation . . ." t) June 14, 1864, 3:30 P.M. - G. W. Lay, A[ide] d[e] C[amp], at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard - Reports on pontoon bridges. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] u) June 15, 1864, 2 P.M. - Maj[or] G[eorge] H. Terrett at Drewry's Bluff, to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l B[radley] R. Johnson - Says Hoke's Division has been crossing the river and "must be nearly all over by this time." v) June 21, 1864 - L[ieutenan]t J. M. Maury at Chaffin's [Bluff] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Enemy advancing along the [Kingsland] Road. w) June 27, 1864, 9 P.M. - Maj[or] G[eorge] H. Terrett at Drewry's Bluff, to Col[onel] W[alter] H[erron] Taylor - "All the Negroes at this place were ordered to the Danville Railroad this morning." (This was resent on June 28.) x) June 27, 1864 - L[ieutenan]t E. E. Mason at Howlett's Bluff Battery, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l M. L. Smith - Says engineer troops ordered away yesterday and requests slave force at Drewry's Bluff to complete work on battery. y) June 29, 1864 - Maj[or] G[eorge] H. Terrett at Drewry's Bluff, to Col[onel] W[alter] H[erron] Taylor - Terrett has received orders from Major General [George Edward] Pickett regarding the redistribution of men, and he would like Engineer officers spared. Asks whether he has to obey this or any order not originating from headquarters.
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