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    General P. G. T. Beauregard Handwritten War Date Letter. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, commonly known as P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate General, was born on a plantation outside New Orleans, Louisiana in 1818. A West Point graduate (Class of 1838) he served under General Winfield Scott in the Mexican War. After returning to civilian life, he made his way back to West Point first as an instructor, then as superintendent, but only briefly. When Louisiana seceded from the Union Beauregard resigned and returned to serve the South, first as a brigadier general, then major general. Leading the victorious Confederates at 1st Bull Run just six months before he wrote this letter, two weeks after writing it he would be transferred to the west to serve under General Albert Sidney Johnston. After Johnston's death he assumed command of Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh.

    This letter is dated January 11, 1862 at Centerville, Virginia and provides a glimpse at the everyday affairs of this great general in the lull between 1st Bull Run and Shiloh. Handwritten and signed by Beauregard, the letter is addressed to the Honorable John Calhoun, a member of the state convention at Columbia, South Carolina. It refers to a letter previously written and asks that Calhoun make changes if the letter was to be published.

    The letter is in excellent condition and measures 5" x 8" inches and is written on the front and back. An additional sheet of paper is attached but with no writing appearing on it. The letter is cased in a gray hardbound slipcase with gold engraved lettering. This is an historical letter written by a famous Confederate general at a pivotal time of the war.

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