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, as well as by his own predilection for questioning orders.
This is one of approximately 1000 military telegrams in P.G.T. Beauregard’s papers at the Rosenbach.
Charleston Sept 15 1861
I have written fourteenth (14th) informing you I have good cavalry horse for you or your son__shall I send it?
Citation:George McCoffin, telegram to G. T. Beauregard. Charleston, 15 September 1861. AMs 1168/11