April 26, 1862: Mansfield Lovell 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 4-26-62 Lovell to Beauregard 10 mp


Head Quarters Corinth Apl 26 1862

By Telegraph from Camp Moore via Tangiphoa [sic Tangipahoa] 26 1862

To Genl Beauregard

Evacuated New Orleans yesterday evening with a few regiments & most of the stores—Federal fleet anchored outside City, had I not better go to Jackson & look out for Vicksburg brought away all my armed men except those in Forts.

M. Lovell


[Written in pencil at bottom] Yes—look out for Jackson & for Vicksburg. G.T.B.

But we may require you here soon—


Citation: Mansfield Lovell (1822-1884), telegram to G.T. Beauregard. 26 April 1862. In The telegraphic history of the Civil War, 1861-1865. AMs 434/16

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