The Pencil-Pushers Are Going To Love This

mssEC_12_269 - confederate records seized - absoluteforth.jpg

2 PM  Richmond 130 PM May 17
1 PM 17th for Secy War = I learn
that Vance was started for Wash this
morning under guard = The rebel War
Dept records Eighty one boxes weighing ten
tons will leave this evening sig
HW Halleck

There are a lot of things about war that are more interesting than what happens to the paperwork of the defeated side, but I’m sure that there were (and probably still are!) plenty of people who would see ten tons of Confederate government documents as a treasure trove. Someone may have had to come up with an entirely new filing system to handle the sheer volume! Seriously, though, without the filers and arrangers of this world, we would all be lost. Go out and hug a records manager or an archivist today.

Thanks to Zooniverse user absoluteforth for pointing this telegram out to us!

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4 responses to “The Pencil-Pushers Are Going To Love This”

  1. FlowCoef says :

    That would be incalculable value. Probably used to kindle fires in War Department stoves for the next 40 years instead ):<

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  2. Lucy Barber says :

    Actually, the records were saved by the War Department and ended up being transferred to the National Archives. You can learn about them here: https://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/109.html

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