February 8, 1865: Robert E. Lee telegram to Beauregard

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Louisiana-born general of the Confederate States Army. He had graduated second in his class from West Point in 1838 and was an admirer of Napoleon. He achieved fame early in the Civil War for commanding the Fort Sumter bombardment and as the victor of the first battle of Manassas. He later served in the Western Theater (including Shiloh and Corinth), Charleston, and the defense of Richmond, but his career was hampered by friction with Jefferson Davis and other generals.

This telegram is from The Telegraphic History of the Civil War; a compiled album of telegrams to Beauregard from Davis, Lee, Johnston and others.

Telegram 2-8-65 Lee to Beauregard 10 mp


Received at Augusta Febr. 8 1865 at 11 o’clock, [?] minutes

By telegraph from Richmond 8 To Genl G.T. Beauregard

The 19th Corps is with Grant the 23rd was on the Potomac on 4th and reported to have reached City Point on 5th latter not confirmed

R.E. Lee




Citation:Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), telegram to G.T. Beauregard. Richmond, 8 February 1865. In The telegraphic history of the Civil War, 1861-1865. AMs 434/16

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