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 is one of approximately 1000 military telegrams in P.G.T. Beauregard’s papers at the Rosenbach.
Received at Augusta March 2 1865 at 1 o’clock 30 minutes
By telegraph from Macon 2 To G W Brent A.A.G.
Am detained here on account of pontoon bridge at oconee being washed away expect to be able to leave tomorrow.
Lt. Col. & ADG
Citation:Alfred Roman, telegram to George W. Brent. Macon, Ga.; 2 March 1865. AMs 1168/11