1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 13, 2018 12:55 PM by Lauren Algee

    Telegram announcing the surrender of Fort Sumter

    Marsha Goodman Newbie

      I have only recently discovered this project and I have transcribed perhaps a dozen or so documents.  Today I was given the telegram sent by Isaac Haynes to inform President Lincoln that Fort Sumter had surrendered, which was the beginning of the Civil War.  Is it even remotely possible that this important telegram has never been transcribed before?  I assume that I don't understand how this process works because I think it's quite unlikely that a newcomer would happen onto such a pivotal moment in history.  Can someone enlighten me?  Thanks!

        • Re: Telegram announcing the surrender of Fort Sumter
          Lauren Algee Adventurer

          What a fascinating item to transcribe, Marsha!  Though the library does not already have a digital transcription of this document it's certain that researchers have seen and used this document before, both by viewing the original in the Manuscripts reading room or seeing the digitized version on the library's website. So the telegram may have been transcribed in those individuals' work. 


          As a community manager for the transciption project, my knowledge of the long history of research and use of this archival collection is limited. I've asked librarians from the Manuscripts Division for any detail they can add.