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Collection Reference Number GLC00662
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863 
Title Henry A. Wise to Arnold Elzey regarding Civil War skirmishes and the threat posed by African Americans in the South
Date 14 January 1863
Author Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander) (1806-1876)  
Recipient Elzey, Arnold  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Retained copy of a letter to Elzey on which a pencil signature of Wise has been added by a secretary. General Wise (Confederate) describes a recent Union raid near White House, Virginia. Informs Major General Elzey, commander of the Department of Richmond, that during the raid, Union troops stole thirty cattle from William P. Taylor's farm. Discusses coordination with Colonel Tabb (possibly William B. Tabb) and Captain Wynn at locations such as Bush's Mill, N. Kent Court House, and the wharves at West Point in order to prevent further raids. States "all the slaves of abandoned estates and all the free Negroes below the White House will have to be removed-- I ask your orders to move them all up to Richmond-- especially the fifty of Mr. Wm. P. Taylor at West Point. They and the free Negroes at Indian Town are positively dangerous to all that section of county and endanger every Military operation." Asks that Elzey authorize the replacement of the telegraph line from Richmond to White House and from White House to N. Kent Court House. Requests the employment of couriers and operators between various points. Signed in pencil.
Subjects African American History  Wartime Pillaging and Destruction  Military History  Civil War  Union Forces  Confederate General or Leader  Confederate States of America  Freemen  Slavery  Telegraph  
People Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander) (1806-1876)  Elzey, Arnold (1816-1871)  Taylor, William P. (fl. 1863)  Tabb, William Barksdale (1840-1874)  
Place written Richmond, Virginia
Theme African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; The American Civil War; Science, Technology, Invention
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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