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
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 History Style.
Previously authenticated by PSA/DNA.