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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.10
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date June-September 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 10, June-September 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #10 contains the following selected telegrams: a) June 1, 1864, 7 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - message is in cipher. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] b) June 4, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [Archibald] Gracie at [no location given] to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - Dust observed yesterday in vicinity of Bermuda Hundred. Quiet today. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] c) June 13, 1864, 11:30 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at [no location given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Hoke has been ordered to report to [General] Beauregard. {in O.R.} d) June 14, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Robert F.] Hoke at [no location given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg - Hoke is camping a half mile from Drewry's Bluff on River Road. {in O.R.} e) June 22, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Henry] Heth at [no location given] to Col[onel Walter Herron] Taylor - A report. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Henry Heth Collection] f) June 24, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l Henry Heth at [no location given] to Col[onel] Walter [Herron] Taylor - Generals Ewell and Heth are just back from the front. The latter says "only reliable information from Sheridan is that yesterday (June 23), Chambliss engaged him near Charles City Court House." {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Henry Heth Collection] g) June 25, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Henry] Heth at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [George Edward] Pickett - No change in Heth's front. Reports about 2,000 enemy entrenched on river bank. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Henry Heth Collection] h) June 25, 1864 - Maj[or] Gen[era]l [Henry] Heth at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [George Edward] Pickett - Passes along news from Gen[eral] Hampton of having routed Gregg's Division last evening. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Henry Heth Collection] i) August 15, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at Wilmington, [North Carolina] to Col[onel] Brent - Leaving Wilmington for Raleigh and Durham, on his way to Petersburg. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] j) August 19, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at Petersburg, to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Beauregard informs Lee of a brigade of infantry crossing by pontoon bridge. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] k) September 2, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] near Petersburg, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [William Henry Chase] Whiting - Promises to re-inforce Whiting. Beauregard is on his way to Wilmington soon. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] l) September 3, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at Petersburg, to [North Carolina Governor] Zebulon [B.] Vance - Tells Vance to send all the troops he can spare to Gen[era]l Whiting. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] m) September 3, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at Petersburg, to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l L[aurence] S[immons] Baker - Has Baker set aside any troops for [General] Whiting? {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] n) September 3, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at Petersburg, to Maj[or] Gen[eral William Henry Chase] Whiting - Tells Whiting that Gen[eral] Baker in Goldsboro, [North Carolina] has been told to hold all available troops for him. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] o) September 4, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at Petersburg, to Maj[or] W. W. Pierce - Asks Pierce to send a trunk. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] p) September 5, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard near Petersburg, to L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l William [J.] Hardee - Asks about Capt[ain] Beauregard. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] q) September 7, 1864, 10 P.M. - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard near Petersburg, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l W[illiam] H[enry] C[hase] Whiting - Accepts invitation with pleasure. Will be leaving Petersburg next morning. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] r) September 11, 1864 - Col[onel] George Brent at Petersburg, to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - Reports dead and wounded for Generals Hoke and Johnson. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] s) September 12, 1864 - Col[onel] G[eorge] Brent, at Petersburg, to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - Unusually quiet yesterday. {in O.R.} [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] t) September 15, 1864 - Col[onel George] Brent at Petersburg, to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l J. A. Walker - Says enemy on the move and to alert commanders at bridges. {in O.R.} u) September 20, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [location not given] to L. B. Gaston, Esq. - Notes that Gaston's son is "absent in Duty" and will be furloughed when he can be spared. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] v) September 21, 1864 - Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[eral] Sam Jones - Will be in Charleston, [South Carolina] temporarily. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] w) September 22, 1864 - Brig[adier] Gen[era]l W. H. Stevens at Petersburg, to Col[onel] Rives - Requests Rives to "send all drawings" of rope obstructions at Charleston, [South Carolina]. x) [n. d.], 2 P.M. - Brig[adier] Gen[eral] W. H. Stevens (Chief Engineer) at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[eral] R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Dispatch received and moving out.
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
Ciphers
Cryptology
Encryption