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Catalog Number 1917.042.00131-141
Date 1853-1882
Scope & Content Beauregard Papers: Correspondence: 1853-1882

Physical Appearance: This folder contains eleven items, five of which are letters addressed to Beauregard, 1853-1882. Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton authored two of the letters but did not address either to Beauregard. Brig. Gen. Collett Leventhorpe and Maj. Gen. Daniel H. Hill authored two letters but did not address them to Beauregard. There is also a newspaper clipping of an illustration of "Stonewall" Jackson's gravesite in Lexington, Virginia. The following list inventories these items:

1917.042.00131) June 16, 1853 - A. W. Reynolds, [Captain], at Washington, D. C. to My beloved Chief [Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard] - Requests a letter of recommendation from Beauregard for Doniciano Vigil in support of the latter's application to the Dept. of the Interior to be an Indian agent.

1917.042.00132) February 24, 1854 - J[eremy] F[rancis] Gilmer, Capt[ain] of Engineers, at Savannah, G[eorgi]a, to Sir [Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard] - Concerns engineering work being performed at Charleston Harbor, [South Carolina] and sends a draft for $1,299.90 in partial payment for machinery supplied. Signed by Gilmer.

1917.042.00133) October 22, [18]65 - Jno. [John] M. Otey, not A. A. G., at Richmond, V[irgini]a, to My dear General [Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard] - Having read of Beauregard's appointment as Superintendent of the New Orleans & Jackson Railroad, Otey asks if Beauregard could find positions for his brother and other ex-Confederate engineers who need work. Otey also sends a letter from Jordan and mentions gossip about Davis and Lee. Signed by Otey. Marked "Private."

1917.042.00134) March 31, 1880 - Thomas Jordan at New York, [NY] to "General" [Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard], New Orleans, Louisiana - Contains remarks relative to important incidents referring to the Battle of Shiloh. 7 pp. Signed by Jordan.

1917.042.00135) July 22, 1882 - Thomas Jordan at 61 Broadway, N[ew] Y[ork], to General [Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard] - Relates to Gen[era]l Pemberton's recommendation to give up outer works of Charleston Harbor in the summer of 1862. Signed by Jordan.

1917.042.00136) [n. d.] - Newspaper clipping, [Unidentified paper] - Illustration, "The Grave of Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson, at Lexington, Virginia --From a Sketch by James A. Taylor."

1917.042.00137) (March?) 19, 1867 - Wade Hampton at Columbia, [South Carolina], to My dear [Theodore] Barker - Refers to a letter from Campbell. Signed by Hampton.

1917.042.00138) August 9, 1889 - Wade Hampton, L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l C[onfederate] S[tates] A[rmy], at Washington, [D. C.] to My dear Sir [Unidentified] - Concerns a letter written by Hampton's grandfather. Signed by Hampton.

1917.042.00139) March 7, 1844 - White County, Tennessee - Bonds for George G. Dibrell as Clerk of the Branch Bank of Tennessee at Sparta.

1917.042.00140) February 25, 1854 - Collett Leventhorpe at Rutherfordton, N[orth] C[arolina] to My dear William - Chatty eight-page letter with cross-writing on p. 8 - discusses many things-weddings, politics, snow, and Rutherfordton. Signed by Leventhorpe.

1917.042.00141) May 16, 1858 - D[aniel] H[arvey] Hill at Davidson College, [Davidson, North Carolina] to Messrs. Martien - Sends partial payment for book to be published and requests that the publisher send plenty of copies to the college in time to sell at commencement, as Hill thinks the attendees will purchase them. Signed by Hill.
Archival History These eleven documents from 1853-1882 were formerly listed as part of the Charles McCormick Reeve Papers. The P. G. T. Beauregard Collection contains correspondence and ephemera of Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1818-1893), held in the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. The collection is evenly divided between wartime holdings, April 1861-April 1865, and postwar correspondence. Materials range through various theatres of the war under Beauregard's command. Of note are forty-three (43) items running June 1861-April 1865 (formerly known as the C. McC. Reeve Papers), including a letter of May 1864 to General D. H. Hill regarding decisions of President Jefferson Davis, and a report from a staff officer noting the deteriorating situation in Georgia and South Carolina in March 1865. Postwar correspondence involving D. H. Hill, Jubal Early, and William Preston Johnston is primarily devoted to arguing about the memoirs of leading Confederates and writing his own history of the war. See also: Department of South Carolina and Georgia Collection, Prints & Sketches Collection, and Book Collection-Autobiography/Biography. The "William J. Marrin Papers" are letters sent to Beauregard by the former, October 1865-June 1886, during Marrin's aborted attempt to write a biography of the general. The correspondence of William J. Marrin comprises sixty-three (63) letters. Marrin, a New York lawyer and good friend of Beauregard's former Chief-of-Staff, Thomas Jordan, intended to write a biography of General Beauregard. The correspondence deals exclusively with Marrin's preparation, which in the end, came to nothing. Beauregard watched in horror as other Confederate leaders produced their own memoirs, mot of which put themselves in the best possible light and, Beauregard felt, slighted him. Joseph E. Johnston's "Narrative of Military Operations," published in 1874, reduced Beauregard's role at First Manassas. A biography of Albert Sidney Johnston, by his son William Preston Johnston, appeared in 1878 and gave credit for the Shiloh plan of battle to Johnston--not Beauregard. The final straw was former President Jefferson Davis' release of his "Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government" in 1881, that was critical of General Beauregard. The latter decided to refute them all and co-authored "Military Operations of General Beauregard" with Alfred Roman, published in 1884. Charles McCormick Reeve (1847-1947) was a Spanish-American War general. Schooled in the North, Reeve lived in Minnesota after the war, but as a collector-with Virginia antecedents-he kept in touch with General and Mrs. William Ruffin Cox of Richmond, Virginia, she being Vice-Regent of the South Carolina Room of the Confederate Museum. In 1917 he donated to the museum materials that comprise much of the "Beauregard Collection" and the entirety of the "William J. Marrin Papers."
People Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant (P. G. T.)
Lee, Robert E.
Subjects Etchings
Politics & government
Bonds (Financial records)