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.
Mch 14 1862
By Telegraph from Union City 14th 1862
To Genl Beauregard
Am just from Hickman the line from this place in such bad order I could not report from that place six gunboats. Iron clad four transports three tugs & two mortar boats landed there this evening at 4 P.M. One Regt was ashore but none of the gun boats had passed below that place.
Govt Telegh Oper.
Citation: M. Harris, telegram to G. T. Beauregard. Union City, [Ga.?]; 14 March 1862. AMs 1168/11