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 Jan 28 1865
By telegraph from Columbus 28 To Col G.W. Brent
Please order Commandant of Post at Montgomery to notify me by Telegraph daily how many troops leave for this point. No trains move at night on the Muscogie Railroad troops lay over till morning otherwise no delay.
L Von Zinker
Citation: L Von Zinker, telegram to George W. Brent. Columbus, Ga.; 28 January 1865. AMs 1168/11