April 30, 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 4-30-62 Lee to Beauregard 10 mp


May 1st, 1862

By Telegraph from Richmond Va Apl 30 1862

To Gen Sam Jones

The President of the South Teleg C under authority—given him by the President of of the Confederate States has found it convenient to change his operator at Mobile & has sent Mr William Sanford to take charge of the office at that place he informs me that the provost Provost Marshall of Mobile has notified Jm Sanford that Mr Zantzinger [?] will be retained as manager you are desired to give the necessary order in the case for the installment of Mr Sanford in office—

R.E. Lee


Citation:Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), telegram to G.T. Beauregard. Richmond, 30 April 1862. In The telegraphic history of the Civil War, 1861-1865. AMs 434/16

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