22 October 1862: “Hurry up the reinforcements for Gods sake.”

Item description: Telegram, 22 October 1862, from Colonel William Stephen Walker of the Third Military District of South Carolina, commanding officer at Pocotaligo, South Carolina to Confederate Brigadier General Thomas Jordan.

More about the Battle of Pocotaligo Bridge: The Battle of Pocotaligo Bridge, which took place on 22 October 1862, was the largest action of a three-day expedition by Union forces intended to disrupt the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. While Colonel Walker led 2000 Confederate soldiers in defending the area between Savannah and Charleston, Federal Brigadier Generals John Milton Brannon and Alfred Terry commanded 4500 troops.  Walker was promoted to Brigadier General eight days after the Confederate victory.

Item citation: From the William Asbury Whitaker Papers #3433, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription: 

Recto:

Received at Charleston   Oct 22 1862     at       4     o’clock    50 pm     minutes
By telegraph from   Pocotaligo 22   To     Gen Jordan

I am holding & intend to hold my position at Old Pocotaligo. Hurry up the reinforcements for Gods sake. 

Col W S Walker

Verso:

Pocotaligo
Oct 22 ’62
W S Walker
Col

I am, & intend to
hold my position
at Old Pocotaligo -
Hurry up rein-
forcements -

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