Francis H. Pierpont (1814–1899)

Francis H. Pierpont (1814–1899)

More than 850 telegrams document Pierpont's efforts to maintain Union rule in western Virginia in the first two years of the Civil War.

Francis H. Pierpont (1814–1899) was elected governor of the “Loyal” or “Restored” Government of Virginia which was formed in Wheeling shortly after the state’s Richmond government left the Union to join the Confederacy in May 1861. Included in this digital collection are more than 850 telegrams documenting Pierpont’s efforts to maintain Union rule in western Virginia during the first two years of the Civil War. Concerning matters ranging from recruitment and outfitting of soldiers to troop movements and engagements, these telegrams provide nearly a daily record of military developments in western Virginia during this extraordinary period. Learn More

Civil War Telegram Series 1861–1865

The Pierpont Telegram Series consists mostly of telegrams received by Francis H. Pierpont between June 1861 and May 1863. The vast majority of communications concern military matters. Many messages regard the raising and outfitting of troops, and the appointment of officers.