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Executive papers, 1861-1865.

Author: Arthur Ingram BoremanJames Darr, Jr.Samuel GallowayL A HagansAbraham LincolnAll authors
Series: State government records collection.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Database:WorldCat
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Governor Pierpont's Executive papers are organized into two series. Series have been designated for Chronological files and Subject files. The bulk of the material can be found in the Chronological files' series which primarily consists of incoming correspondence between February 1861 and May 9, 1865. Although Pierpont did not become governor until June 20, 1861, there are a few miscellaneous documents related to
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Genre/Form: Affidavits
Appointments
Bonds (negotiable instruments)
Certificates
Checks
Clippings
Commissions
Election returns
Indictments
Judicial records
Letters (correspondence)
Maps
Oaths
Orders (military records)
Ordinances
Petitions
Proclamations
Receipts
Reports
Resolutions
State government records
Subpoenas
Telegrams
Writs
Named Person: Benjamin F Butler; Andrew G Curtin; Francis Harrison Pierpont; Edwin M Stanton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Ingram Boreman; James Darr, Jr.; Samuel Galloway; L A Hagans; Abraham Lincoln; Francis Harrison Pierpont; William S Rosecrans; George D Ruggles; Henry J Samuels; P H Watson; James S Wheat; David Wills; Virginia. Governor (1861-1865 : Pierpont)
OCLC Number: 63209030
Notes: These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG# 3).
These files are arranged chronologically by the date on the endorsement which indicates when the document was received and what action was taken by the governor.
Description: 6.30 cu. ft.
Series Title: State government records collection.

Abstract:

Governor Pierpont's Executive papers are organized into two series. Series have been designated for Chronological files and Subject files. The bulk of the material can be found in the Chronological files' series which primarily consists of incoming correspondence between February 1861 and May 9, 1865. Although Pierpont did not become governor until June 20, 1861, there are a few miscellaneous documents related to Pierpont and the Wheeling Convention prior to this date. Note that there are very few items which document the time between January 1 and May 9, 1865. The materials in this series represent the work of Governor Pierpont and the Restored Government of Virginia at Wheeling and later Alexandria, Va. Correspondence, certificates of qualification, certificates of election, invoices, bonds, oaths of allegiance, commissions, applications, ordinances, telegrams, election returns, proceedings, receipts, checks, clippings, reports, petitions, resignations, proclamations, maps, resolutions, special orders, and other items can be found in this series.

The majority of the correspondence relates to requests to raise troops and also requests for commissions in the Virginia Volunteers. Individuals wrote Pierpont recommending others for positions in the Restored Government or the army. Pierpont received various letters of application and issued commissions for these positions. Letters supporting Pierpont and the Union cause are also present. Other correspondence to Pierpont regards requests for arms and equipment and protection against rebel forces. Pro-Union citizens informed Pierpont of rebel movements and warned him about individuals with secessionist tendencies. Many of these individuals were imprisoned in Camp Carlisle and later Camp Chase. The Governor received correspondence and petitions asking for the release of some of these prisoners. He also often corresponded with Samuel Galloway, the Special Commissioner at Camp Chase. The Governor also received correspondence from his Adjutant General James S. Wheat (resigned Sept. 27, 1861) and later Henry J. Samuels. Other noteworthy correspondents include: L.A. Hagans, Secretary of the Commonwealth; General L. Thomas, U.S. Adjutant General; George D. Ruggles, Assistant Adjutant General of the U.S.; Edwin M. Stanton, U.S. Secretary of War; P.H. Watson, Assistant Secretary of War; Governor A.G. Curtin of Pennsylvania; Governor Arthur I. Boreman of West Virginia; James Darr, Jr., Provost Marshall General for Virginia; and others.

Other types of documents found in Pierpont's papers include certificates of qualification for positions in the Restored Government such as the Governor's Council, Auditor of Public Accounts, Attorney General, etc. As a result of a resolution passed at the Wheeling Convention of 1861, oaths of allegiance were required by all state officials. Many of these oaths can be found in these papers. The Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburgh, Pa., supplied the Virginia Volunteers with ordnance or ordnance supplies. There are a few invoices and correspondence from the arsenal. Finally, materials related to elections including orders to hold elections, certificates of election, election returns, etc., are included in Pierpont's papers.

Noteworthy documents include ordinances from the Wheeling Convention of 1861 (June 13, 1861); a 17-page draft of a message of the Governor re. Virginia and the state of the rebellion (June 25, 1861); a telegram from Major General George B. McClellan re. control of Capt. Craig's camp (July 6, 1861); a proclamation re. an oath to support the Constitution of the United States required by law (Aug. 2, 1861); special orders from General William S. Rosecrans appointing instructors of tactics (Aug. 28, 1861); a proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving (Nov. 14, 1861); reports by companies in the Virginia Volunteers on shoes (Nov. 21, 1861); an official report of the Battle of Guyandotte (Dec. 6, 1861); election return of officers of Virginia regiments from Putnam County re. proposed constitution of the proposed state of West Virginia (April 3, 1862); Governor's address to the Senate and House of Delegates in extra session re. the division of the state of Virginia (May 6, 1862); an act giving the consent of the formation & erection of a new state within the jurisdiction of Virginia (May 13, 1862, oversized); insurance policy from the Home Insurance Company for Pierpont's home near Fairmont in Marion Co. (June 27, 1862); a list of prisoners released at Wheeling (Aug. 21, 1862); letter from Governor Pierpont to E.M. Stanton, Secretary of War, re. captured guns, etc. (Aug. 22, 1863).

Other noteworthy documents include: certificates re. the result of the election for the annexation of Berkeley and Jefferson counties into West Virginia (July 22 & Sept. 14, 1863); a printed proclamation pursuant to an act of the General Assembly passed Feb. 5, 1863, authorizing the governor to select some point as the capital of the state (proclamation names Alexandria the new capital of Virginia) (Aug. 26, 1863); letter from David Wills, submitted by the authority of Governor Andrew G. Curtin of Pennsylvania, re. creation of a cemetery at Gettysburg (Aug. 15, 1863); U.S. Military Telegraph from President Abraham Lincoln requesting opinion re. refunding money collected from the people of the Eastern Shore of Virginia as indemnity for the lighthouse depredation (including reply from Pierpont) (Sept. 21, 1863); map of the Washington, Alexandria, and Georgetown Railroad and its connections (Oct. 1, 1863, oversized); letter from Pierpont to E.M. Stanton asking for his help in locating a house in Alexandria for his family (Dec. 14, 1863); letter from Pierpont to President Lincoln re. General Butler's interference with the civil government in Norfolk, also follow-up letters to E.M. Stanton (Jan. 15-16, 20, 1864); letter to E.M. Stanton re. the quartering of colored troops in Accomac, Northampton, and Portsmouth (Jan. 27, 1863); and an ordinance providing for the establishment of the Restored Government (April 14, 1864).

The second series is devoted to subject files and primarily contains indictments for treason and other legal documents relating to the prosecution of individuals for treason against the Constitution of the United States between 1861 and 1862. The indictments are standard forms with names and dates inserted. The indictments are arranged in alphabetical order and often include other documents such as oaths of allegiance, recognizance, etc. In addition, affidavits, bonds, injunctions, information, subpoenas, and writs of habeas corpus are included in this series.

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