PIERRE G. T. BEAUREGARD
The Confederate General writes a letter to Washington's Agent for the
Collection of Confederate Records, Marcus Joseph Wright, from New Orleans,
Louisiana on November, 17 1882. Saying "I have ordered Gen'l Hapgood's report
copied & the original copy forwarded to you." Matted with a photograph and biographical
plaque to 22x25.
Autograph Letter signed: "G.T. Beauregard", 1 page, 5x8.
New Orleans, Louisiana, 1882 November 17. Addressed to General Marcus J.
Wright in Washington, D.C. In Part: "Dear Genl Your package of
'copies' of the 13th inst. Has been received. Just as I was leaving for N.Y.
where I hope to be on the 20th at the N.Y. hotel. I have ordered Gen'l Hapgood's
report copied & the original copy forwarded to you. I don't think I have a
copy of it among my files. I expect to be back here between the 7th and 10th of
Dec. Your Friend" PIERRE G. T. BEAUREGARD (1818-1893, born in St.
Bernard Parish, Louisiana) was appointed Superintendent of the U. S. Military
Academy at West Point in January 1861, but was reassigned less than a week later
following his declaration that, should Louisiana secede, he would follow her.
Louisiana seceded on Jan. 26, 1861, and Beauregard resigned his U. S. Army
commission to become a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. He was in
command at the bombardment of Fort Sumter, giving the order to fire on April 12,
1861, beginning the Civil War. At 1st Manassas (1st Bull Run), Beauregard
had his horse shot out from under him, but gave the Confederacy its first
victory. He took command at Shiloh (Pittsburg Landing) in Tennessee when General
Albert Johnston was killed. After the Civil War, Beauregard was President of
the New Orleans, Jackson & Mississippi Railway, Adjutant-General of
Louisiana and manager of the Louisiana state lottery. MARCUS JOSEPH
WRIGHT (1831-1922) is best known for his histories and memoirs of the
South and Southern leaders. The writer of some 50 biographical sketches
of Confederate commanders for Appleton's Cyclopedia of American
Biography, Wright co-wrote (with General A.L. Long) Memoirs of Robert E.
Lee, and he wrote a number of other books as well. In 1878, Wright was
tapped by the War Department as an Agent for the Collection of Confederate
Records. He was a member of the Southern Historical Association, the
Southern Historical Society, the Washington, D.C. Historical Society and the
Alabama Historical Society. Wright, who had begun his service to the Confederacy
as a Lieutenant Colonel with the 154 Senior Regiment Tennessee Infantry,
served on the staff of Cheatham's Division, and he saw action at Shiloh,
where he was wounded, Chickamauga and Atlanta. Wright, who was promoted to
Brigadier General in December 1862, is one of only two Confederate
Generals interred at Arlington National Cemetery (the other is Joseph
Wheeler).Cloth matted and framed with a portrait and a biographical plaque to an
overall size of 22 x 25. Normal mailing folds. Light brushes to text. Lightly
toned. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. Not matted in Gallery of
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