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Object Name TELEGRAM
Catalog Number MS-19110327.2
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date May-September 1864
Scope & Content Richmond Campaign 1864 Telegrams - Folder 2, May - September 1864

Physical Appearance: Folder #2 contains the following selected telegrams: a) May 7, 1864 - A[rchibald] Gracie, Jr., Brig[adier] Gen[era]l, at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - reports on enemy pickets {pp. 51-52 in "Calendar"}. b) May 7, 1864 - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l, at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, Richmond, [Virginia] - Barton notes that he received the dispatch late and has postponed realigning his troops until tomorrow. {p. 52 in "Calendar"}. c) May 8, 1864, 11:15 A. M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton reports no movement by the enemy toward Chester, [Virginia]. {p. 52 in "Calendar"}. d) [May 8, 1864], 8:30 P. M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton has received report from infantry scout but nothing from cavalry. {p. 53 in "Calendar"}. e) May 9, 1864, 12 P. M. - R[obert] Ransom, Maj[or] Gen[era]l at Drewry['s Bluff, to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - "refer all matters of importance to Gen[era]l Bragg." {p. 53 in "Calendar"}. f) [May] 9, [1864] - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - "enemy is moving in full force agains my south front on the Turnpike." {p. 53 in "Calendar"}. g) May 9, 1864, 5 P. M. - R[obert] Ransom, Jr., Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l Braxton Bragg - Ransom notes that the enemy's object seems to be to destory the railroad. {pp. 53-54 in "Calendar"}. h) May 9, [1864], 9:30 P. M. - R[obert] Ransom, Jr., Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at Drewry's Bluff, to [Major] Gen[era]l G[eorge] E[dward] Pickett - By direction by General Bragg, Ransom queries Pickett on "condition of affairs with you - - we have heard firing to-day." {p. 54 in "Calendar"}. i) [May 10, 1864] - R[obert] Ransom, Jr., Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at Richmond, to Maj[or G. H.] Terrett - "What is the meaning of the firing in direction of your place?--answer at once." {p. 55 in "Calendar"}. j) May 11, [1864], 11:30 A. M. - R[obert] Ransom, Jr., Maj[or] Gen[era]l, near Drewry's Bluff, to Sec[retary of] War [James A. Seddon], Richmond - Your message "relating to instructions given Gen[eral] Beauregard just received." {pp. 55-56 in "Calendar"}. k) May 11, [1864], 12M - R[obert] Ransom, Jr., Maj[or] Gen[era]l, H[ea]d Q[uarter]s, Drewry's House, to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] Gen[era]l - Your message concerning movements from Petersburg is just received. {p. 56 in "Calendar"}. l) May 11, [1864], 12:30 A. M. - R[obert] Ransom, Jr., Maj[or] Gen[era]l, near Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[eral] Braxton Bragg - "Will have Hunton's Brigade ready to go up whenever ordered." {p. 55 in "Calendar"}. m) May 11, [1864], 1:25 A. M. - R[obert] Ransom, Jr. Maj[or] Gen[era]l, near Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l Braxton Bragg - wants to know when to leave the garrison and citadel at the Bluff and join Bragg in Richmond; sends Dunnavant's Battalion to Manchester at once. {p. 55 in "Calendar"}. n) May 11, [1864] - 2:30 A. M. - R[obert] Ransom, Jr., Maj[or] Gen[eral], H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs, near Drewry's Bluff, to Col[onel J. M.] Maury, Chaffin's [Bluff] - stresses alertness and advises Maury to notify him and Bragg should anything noteworthy occur. {p. 55 in "Calendar"}. o) May 11, [1864], 5:30 P. M. - R[obert] Ransom, [Jr.], Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs, Camp near Drewry's Bluff, to the Hon[orable] Sec[retary of] War [James A. Seddon] - "please ascertain when the Iron Clad Gun Boats will be ready for service and inform me." {p. 56 in "Calendar"}. p) May 12, [1864], 8:30 P. M. - G. H. Terrett, Maj[or] com[man]d[in]g, H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs, Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l B[raxton] Bragg - Gen[eral] Kemper's Brig[ade] is ready to go to Richmond but no boats here to transport them. {p. 57 in "Calendar"}. q) May 13, 1864 - R[obert] F. Hoke, Maj[or] Gen[era]l, H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs, Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l Braxton Bragg - queries on Bragg on Beauregard's movements. {p. 57 in "Calendar"}. r) May 14, [1864], 9 A. M. - W. H. Stevens, Col[onel] Engineers, Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l Braxton Bragg - Stevens advises Bragg to hear Gen[eral] Beauregard's views about affairs there. {p. 58 in "Calendar"}. s) May 24, [1864], 5 P. M. - W. H. Stevens, Col[onel] Engineers, Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Chester, V[irgini]a - "The Iron Clads are through the obstructions." {p. 58 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] t) June 4, [1864] - G. H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l Braxton Bragg, Richmond - The officer Bragg requested in on detached duty with Beauregard. The message has been forwarded. {pp. 58-59 in "Calendar"}. u) June 4, [1864], 12:25 P. M. - G. H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc, Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l B[raxton] Bragg, Richmond - L[ieutenan]t Barry and detachment are on their way. {p. 59 in "Calendar"}. v) June 9, 1864 - Geo[rge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - reports number and types of boats that came up as far as Howlett's during the night, as well as that twenty rowboats attempted to pass Howlett's this morning. sharpshooters drove the rowboats back. {pp. 60-61 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] w) June 9, [1864] - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., [Head Quarters], to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] - no change in enemy fleet. {p. 61 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] x) June 10, 1864 - Geo[rge] H. Terrett, [Major etc.], [Drewry's Bluff], to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard - report on quantity and type of vessels lying below Howletts. {p. 61 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] y) June 10, [1864] - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard and Maj[or John M.] Otey, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - "The lookout near Cox's barn reports a large force of the enemy moving in line of battle towards Howletts House." {p. 61 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] z) June 14, [1864] - Geo[rge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., [Drewry's Bluff], to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard - report on quantity and type of vessels lying in usual positions. {p. 62 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] aa) June 15, 1864, 7 A.M. - Geo[rge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at H[ea]d-Q[uarte]rs, Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - report on the quantity and types of vessels in the "usual positions." {in O. R., also on p. 62 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] bb) June 15, 1864, 7:20 P.M. - L[ieutenan]t Wells at [Drewry's Bluff] to Maj[or] G[eorge] H. Terrett and Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - report on the quantity and types of vessels. {p. 62 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] cc) June 19, 1864, 8 A.M. - Geo[rge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at [Drewry's Bluff] to Gen[era]l [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard - report on the quantity and types of vessels. {p. 62 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] dd) [June 21, 1864], 2:20 P.M. - G[eorge] E[dward] Pickett, Maj[or] Gen[era]l, com[man]d[in]g, at [no location given] to [Brigadier] Gen[era]l G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee - doublechecking that Lee only needs Cook's brigade. {in O.R., pp. 62-63 in "Calendar"}. ee) [June 21, 1864] - G[eorge] E[dward] Pickett, Maj[or] Gen[era]l, to [Brigadier] Gen[era]l G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee - responds to Lee's telegram concerning Cook's brigade. {in O. R., p. 63 in "Calendar"}. ff) [June 22, 1864], 2 P.M. - C. Pickett, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], "Hancock H[ou]s[e]," [by order of Major General George Edward Pickett], to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee - nothing new on my front. {p. 63 in "Calendar"}. gg) [June] 22, [1864] - G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee at Chaffin's Bluff, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [George Edward] Pickett - nothing new here with the enemy bolder than before, "a good deal of shelling by Gun-boats." {p. 63 in "Calendar"}. hh) [June 22, 1864] - H[enry] Heth, Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at [no location given] to Col[onel] W[alter] H[erron] Taylor - reporting that pickets say that the enemy is crossing at Sweeney's. {p. 63 in "Calendar"}. (also cross referenced in Henry Heth Collection). ii) [June 27, 1864] - W[alter] H[erron] Taylor, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], at [no location given] to Maj[or] Gen[era]l Fitz[hugh] Lee - General R. E. Lee wants Fitz Lee to follow Hampton's Division in "this direction." {p. 64 in "Calendar"}. jj) [June 28, 1864] - Fitz[hugh] Lee, Maj[or] Gen[era]l com[man]d[in]g, at [no location given] to Gen[era]l R[obert E[dward] Lee - informs his uncle of the command's move. {p. 64 in "Calendar"}. kk) August 8, [1864] - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Gen[era]l, at Dunn's Hill, to Col[onel] L. B. Northrop, Com[manding] Gen[eral], Richmond, V[irgini]a - informs Northrop that he has allowed the "Will-O-Wisp" to unload her cargo. {p. 65 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] ll) August 8, 1864 - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Gen[era]l, at Dunn's Hill, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l W. H. C. Whiting, Wilmington, [North Carolina] - due to pressing demand for coffee, permit the "Will-O-Wisp" to unload at once. {p. 65 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] mm) August 11, 1864 - R[obert] E[dward] Lee, Gen[era]l, [by Charles S. Venable, Aide de Camp], at Petersburg, to Maj[or] D. H. Wood, Sup[erintenden]t Trans[portation], Richmond - Lee requests transportation for 600 men and eight guns with caissons to Culpeper C[ourt] H[ouse]. {pp. 65-55 in "Calendar"}. nn) August 18, 1864 - F[rank] Stringfellow from Burwell's Bay via Petersburg to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee, Chaffin's - Stringfellow informs Lee of the arrival of enemy troops by boat. {p. 67 in "Calendar"}. oo) August 19, 1864 - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Gen[era]l, at Petersburg, to J. L. Morrow, Esq., Sup[erintenden]t R[ichmond] & D[anville] R[ail] R[oad], Richmond - Beauregard states that he has not yet received any information that the railroad is in any danger. {p. 68 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] pp) August 24, 1864, 2:45 P.M. - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, near Petersburg, V[irgini]a, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l W. H. C. Whiting, com[man]d[in]g, Wilmington, N[orth] C[arolin]a - Beauregard instructs Whiting to call Brig[adier] Gen[era]l L. S. Baker for assistance if necessary. {p. 68 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] qq) August 24, 1864, 2:45 P.M. - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, near Petersburg, V[irgini]a to Brig[adier] Gen[era]l [L. S.] Baker, com[man]d[in]g 2nd District, Goldsboro, N[orth] C[arolina] - Beauregard informs Baker of his directions to Whiting. {p. 69 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] rr) August 27. 1864 - R[obert] E[dward] Lee at Petersburg, to Hon[orable] Ja[me]s A. Seddon, Sec[retary of] War, Richmond - Lee lists officers who can and cannot be spared for court duty. {p. 69 in "Calendar"}. ss) August 30, 1864 - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, at Petersburg, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l Sam Jones, com[man]d[in]g Dep[artmen]t, Charleston, S[outh] C[arolina] - instructions concerning rope obstructions near [Fort] Sumter and the mouths of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. {p. 69 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] tt) September 2, 1864, 1:45 P.M. - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard near Petersburg, V[irgini]a, to Maj[or] Gen[era]l G[eorge] E[dward] Pickett, com[man]d[in]g Hancock House - Beauregard requests that Pickett answer his messages. {in O. R., pp. 69-70 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] uu) September 9, 1864 - George W[illia]m Brent, Col[onel] and A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], at Petersburg, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Wilmington, N[orth] C[arolina] - Gen[eral] Hardee sends word that Capt[ain] Beauregard's battery is safe. {p. 70 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] vv) September 10, 1864 - George W[illia]m Brent, Col[onel] and A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], at Petersburg, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Wilmington, N[orth] C[arolina] - "all quiet today" and gives casualties. {p. 70 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] ww) September 13, [1864] - George W[illia]m Brent, Col[onel] and A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], at Petersburg, to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, Wilmington, [North Carolina] - "Quiet yesterday" and gives casualties. {p. 70 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] xx) September 29, [18]64 - [General] R[obert] E[dward] Lee at H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs, A[rmy of] N[orthern] V[irginia], to L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l [Jubal Anderson] Early, Waynesboro, V[irgini]a, Cent[ra]l R[ail] R[oad], via Meachum's River - Lee discounts Early's indication of enemy cavalry movements and states that the enemy is moving against Richmond from the north side of the James [River]. {p. 71 in "Calendar"}. yy) [n. d. June 3-4, 1864?], 2:45 P.M. - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, [General] at [no location given] to Gen[eral] Brax[ton] Bragg and Gen[eral] R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Beauregard notifies his peers that he is just in from the front, and the routes are becoming dangerous. {pp. 59-60? in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] zz) [n. d., June 4, 1864?] - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at Drewry's Bluff, to Gen[era]l B[raxton] Bragg - L[ieutenan]t Barry will report to me and then head on to Richmond. {p. 59 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] aaa) [June 3-4, 1864?], 7 A.M. - [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard, [General] at H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs, A[rmy of] N[orthern] V[irginia], to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Beauregard has sent Ransom's brigade to Bottoms Bridge as requested by Gen[era]l Bragg. {p. 59 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] bbb) [n. d., June 27, 1864?] - Fitz[hugh] Lee, Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at Osborne's Turnpike, to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee - Fitz Lee states that he is on the north side of the James River near the pontoon bridge and has heard no news from the lower James. He asks if he can wait until tomorrow to cross over as his command is "shoeing up and grazing." {p. 64 in "Calendar"}. ccc) [n. d., May 8 or 10, 1864?], 5:40 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l, at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - "all quiet." {p. 54 in "Calendar"}. ddd) [n. d., 1864], 6 P.M. - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at [Drewry's Bluff] to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard - report on quantity and types of vessels in usual positions. {p. 72 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] eee) [n. d., 1864], 7:45 A.M. - G[eorge] H. Terrett, Maj[or] etc., at [Drewry's Bluff] to Gen[era]l [Pierre] G[ustave] T[outant] Beauregard - report on quantity and types of vessels in usual positions. {p. 72 in "Calendar"}. [cross-referenced to Beauregard Collection] fff) [n. mo.] 8, 1864, 2:30 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - Barton acknowledges receipt of the message and "will move promptly upon receipt of intelligence." {p. 71 in "Calendar"}. ggg) [n. d., May 11, 1864?] - R. F. Hoke, [Major General] at [no location given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg, Richmond - Hoke informs Bragg that the brigade ordered up has not yet gone so he has ordered it to "hurry forward." {p. 56 in "Calendar"}. hhh) [n. d., May 11, 1864?] - R. F. Hoke, Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at [no location given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg, Richmond - Hoke notifies Bragg that the "brigade ordered can reach you before any other of my command." He also notes that the delay was caused by failure of a courier to deliver the dispatch. {p. 57 in "Calendar"}. iii) [n. d., May 11, 1864?] - R. F. Hoke, Maj[or] Gen[era]l, at [no location given] to Gen[era]l [Braxton] Bragg, Richmond - "The brigade ordered will leave here by half past six." {p. 57 in "Calendar"}. jjj) [n. d., May 8 or 10, 1864?], 12:30 P.M. - S[eth] M. Barton, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l at [no location given] to Maj[or] T. O. Chestney, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral] - artillery heard in the direction of Port Walthall Junction but no artillery firing here now. {p. 54 in "Calendar"}.
Archival History The CML Telegram Collection was formerly located in the MC 3 T-804 through T-830 files. Folder 2 was formerly located in the MC 3 T-804 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