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Another telegram to ASJ

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We're all aware of the telegram sent by Colonel Ben Helm to General Albert Sidney Johnston afternoon of Sunday, April 6th (which wound up in possession of Colonel Thomas Jordan, who delivered it to General Beauregard after Johnston's death.) That telegram -- indicating Buell's Army of the Ohio was marching south, away from Savannah -- may have led to Beauregard putting an end to Confederate military operations on Day One of Shiloh.

The attached link refers to a telegram sent from Decatur Alabama same day, detailing the order of march of Army of the Ohio, and "30 or 40,000 troops having passed Columbia" (with no indication of their direction of march.) This may have been the last telegram General Johnston received before he succumbed to his wound.

Cheers

Ozzy

http://civilwar.rosenbach.org/?p=5606  [provided by "Today in the Civil War: dispatches from the Rosenbach Collection" published during the 150th Anniversary, 2011-15 this is the telegram sent early April 6th 1862 from LtCol J.B. Biffle at Decatur to General A.S. Johnston, via Corinth]

 

N.B.  Of interest (for those with keen eyesight): the Heading for this telegram indicates "April 6, 1862 -- J.B. Biffle telegram to Joseph Johnston."  Sent to Corinth on April 6th, there is no way this telegram was intended for Joseph Johnston...   Ozzy.

 

 

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Just an aside...

I stumbled upon "The Rosenbach Collection" by accident just a few days ago (April 2017) while searching for information in regard to General Beauregard and his staff officer, Major George Brent:  http://civilwar.rosenbach.org/?m=201204&paged=3

Prior to that encounter, The Rosenbach Collection (and its associated "Today in the Civil War") had never returned as a "hit" for any of my Civil War or Shiloh enquiries. Significance?  Rosenbach Collection possesses a substantial portion of The Papers of General PGT Beauregard (including over 1000 telegrams sent or received by Beauregard, 1861-1865). Many of those telegrams are accessible through Today in the Civil War site, and assist further understanding what was going on with Beauregard, Albert Sidney Johnston, and Department No.2 and the Army of the Mississippi. [And I had no idea so many Confederate telegrams were sent -- or later preserved -- March-May 1862.]

In addition, the Rosenbach Collection possesses original U.S. Grant letters (not found anywhere else) as well as photographs and diaries and letters from other Civil War soldiers and civilians. Although many of these are archived on "Today in the Civil War," it is hoped more electronic copies of the holdings of the Rosenbach Collection are scanned and made electronically available in the near future...

Ozzy

N.B.  Using the "Past posts" index at right of "Today in the Civil War," click on a month and scroll down:  "April 2012" equates to material sent/received April 1862. And when you reach the bottom of page, select "Older entries" to continue viewing records from that month.

 

 

 

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