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.
Dispatched by Telegraph from Smithfield 24 March 1865
To Col Jno M Oley A.A.G.
Washams health will not permit him to remain in the field. Cant you provide for him in some way?
Citation:T. B. Roy, telegram to John M. Oley. Smithfield, Va.; 24 March 1865. AMs 1168/11