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Guide to the Thomas Dolan Collection of Telegraph Messages
  MS 173

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Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of approximately 275 individual messages sent out by Thomas Dolan, a soldier in the Union Army acting as telegrapher. The messages were written by various officers of the Union Army and others, listed here with the number of telegrams from each:

Abercrombie, Brig. Gen. J.J.:1
Ayres, Brig. Gen. R.B.: 1
Benhams, Brig. Gen. H.W.: 1
Berry, Brig. Gen. H.G.: 1
Biddle, Col. Chapman: 1
Bowman, Col. S.: 1
Brooks, Brig. Gen. W.T.H.: 2
Burnside, Maj. Gen. A.E.: 9
Butterfield, Maj. Gen. Daniel: 7
Casey, Brig. Gen. S.: 1
Colburn, A.A.G. A.V.: 8
Conkling, Roscoe: 1
Cooke, Gen. P. St. George: 1
Couch, Brig. Gen. D.N.: 6
Davidson, Brig. Gen. J.W.: 2
Franklin, Brig. Gen. W.B.: 2
Geary, Brig. Gen. John W.: 3
Griffin, Brig. Gen. Charles: 2
Hallick, General Henry W.: 1
Hammond, Surgeon John Fox: 4
Harris, Mrs. John (Ladies Aid): 2
Hatch, Brig. Gen. John: 1
Hays, Lt. Col. Wm.: 1
Heintzelman, Brig. Gen. Samuel Peter: 23
Humphreys, Brig. Gen. Andrew A.: 2
Kane, Brig. Gen. Thomas L.: 2
Kearny, Gen.: 1
Keyes, Brig. Gen. Erasmus D.: 3
Lincoln, A.: 1
Locke, Lt. Col. Fred T.: 1
Marcy, Gen. Randolph B.: 2
McCarter, Col. J.M: 1
McClellan, Maj. Gen. George B.: 24
McDowell, Maj. Gen. Irvin: 1
McKeever, Capt. Chauncey: 3
Meagher, Gen. Thomas Francis: 1
Meredith, Brig. Gen. Sullivan A.: 1
Morell, Maj. Gen. Geo. W.: 1
Morton, Gov. O.P.: 1
Owens, Gen.:1
Philippe D'Orleans, Capt. Louis: 1
Porter, Maj. Gen. Fitz John: 103
Revere, Jr., Capt. Wm. H.: 2
Reynolds, Brig. Gen. John F.: 11
Richardson, Gen. J.B.: 1
Richmond, Asst. Adjt. Gen. Lewis: 2
Sickles, Brig. Gen. Daniel E.: 3
Sigel, Maj. Gen. Franz: 2
Slocum, Maj. Gen. H.W.: 2
Smith, Maj. Gen. Wm. F.: 3
Stoneman, Maj. Gen. George: 1
Sumner, Brig. Gen. Edwin Vose: 9
Sykes, Brig. Gen. George: 5
Tyler, Brig. Gen. R.O.: 1
Wainwright, Col. C.S.: 1
Webb, Lt. Col, Alex: 4
Wilkeson, Samuel: 1
Willcox, Brig. Gen.: 1
Williams, Brig. Gen.: S.2

The collection also includes the text of 51 messages sent or received on May 4 and 5, 1863, relating to the battle of Chancellorsville, written out and identified by sender on 12 pages. Included are messages sent by:

Babcock: 1
Barslow: 1
Benham, Brig. Gen. R.W.: 1
Butterfield, J.H.: 8
Clements: 1
Gibbons, John: 1
Hall, J.S.: 1
Hooker, Joseph: 4
Hunt, H.J.: 1
James, Lt. J.J:. 2
Jerome, A.B.: 3
Lincoln, A.: 1
Lowe: 1
Marcy: 1
McClellan: 1
Oliver, Paul A.: 1
Owen, Brig. Gen. J.: 1
Patrick M.R.: 1
Peck, Maj. Gen.: 1
Pierce, L.N.: 2
Powell, Richard: 1
Sedgwick, Maj. Gen. John: 6
Taylor: 1
Van Allen, Brig. Gen. J.H.: 2
Warren, Brig. Gen G.K.: 2
Williams, S.: 3
Zill, Rankin: 1

The materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.


The collection is arranged in five folders; the individual telegrams are arranged alphabetically by author within the first four.