March 21, 1862: Robert E. Lee to P.G.T. 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 3-21-62 Lee to Beauregard 10 mp


March 21 1862

By Telegraph from Richmond 18 1862

To Genl Beauregard

Col R. B Lee & Col Wm H. Jackson have been ordered to you as requested.

R.E. Lee




The above messages were received this evening at Grand Junction from the office of Tustumbia where they were recd by mail. The lines east not working.


Jas H. Henderon

Gov”t Opr.


Citation:Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), telegram to G.T. Beauregard. 21 March 1862. In The telegraphic history of the Civil War, 1861-1865. AMs 434/16

One Response to “March 21, 1862: Robert E. Lee to P.G.T. Beauregard”

  1. Alicne says:

    that day (march 21) in the day I was born in 2000

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