April 28, 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 4-28-62 Lee to Beauregard 10 mp


Apl 28 1862

By Telegraph from Richmond Va 1862

To Gen G. T. Beauregard.

Mayor Monroe, New Orleans, reports that letter rec’d from Genl Duncan states Forts still hold out and strong as ever—Steamer Louisiana safe co-operating Forts—Mortar fleet retired—Commander Farragut with U.S. Gunboats before New Orleans demanding a surrender—Genl Lovell with army retired to Camp Moore—Mayor Monroe asks for assistance can y[ou] send Earl Bragg or other officer to ascertain condition of affairs & do what is possible to preserve the City—Give him orders to assume command if necessary if necessary .

R.E. Lee

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Citation:Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), telegram to G.T. Beauregard. Richmond, 28 April 1862. In The telegraphic history of the Civil War, 1861-1865. AMs 434/16

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