A Guide to the J. S. Tinsley Telegram, 1862 Tinsley, J. S. Telegram Ms2013-033

A Guide to the J. S. Tinsley Telegram, 1862

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Collection Number Ms2013-033


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Processed by: Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2013-033
Title
J. S. Tinsley Telegram, 1862
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
creator
Tinsley, J. S.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains a telegram from J. S. Tinsley to J. Goggin, Esq. The telegram, dated June 2, 186[2], likely refers to the Battle of Seven Pines and reports a Confederate victory after the Union forces "retired" towards Drewry's Bluff.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the J. S. Tinsley Telegram must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: J. S. Tinsley Telegram, Ms2013-033, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The J. S. Tinsley Telegram was purchased by Special Collections in February 2013.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the J. S. Tinsley Telegram was completed in July 2013.

Biographical Note

J. S. Tinsley served in the 3rd Virginia Reserves. The 1860 census lists a J. S. Tinsley (abt. 1818-1888) who resided in Henrico, VA and was married to Mary Tinsley. This is probably the same J. S. Tinsley who composed the telegram, since members of the VA Reserves fought near their home regions and were either young men 17 to 18 years old or older men 45-50 years old.

J. O. L. Goggin, Esq. was a lawyer in Lynchburg (b. abt. 1816). There is a John O. L. Goggin, Sr. who also served in the 3rd Va. Reserves at some point in the Civil War. This may be the same J. O. L. to whom this telegram is addressed.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a telegram, sent via the Southern Telegraph Companies, from J. S. Tinsley to J. O. L. Goggin, Esq. The telegram, dated June 2, 186[2], reports a Confederate victory after the Union forces "retired" towards drewry's Bluff: "We mourn our loss but rejoice over our victory."

The year of the telegram is left blank, however, the battle to which J. S. Tinsley refers is likely the Battle of Seven Pines (a.k.a. the Battle of Fair Oaks), which took place from May 31 to the evening of June 1, 1862.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Telegram, 1862