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.
By telegraph from Augusta 7 to Gen Beauregard
A Great many Ga militia wish to join my regt can I receive them into Confederate service without the Consent of the militia officers. Please reply at once.
Jno R Hart
Col tenth Regt Ga Cavalry
Citation: John R. Hart, telegram to G. T. Beauregard. Augusta, Ga.; 27 December 1864. AMs 1168/11