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    [Civil War]. Pierre G. T. Beauregard Autograph Letter Signed "G.T. Beauregard." Two integral pages, 10.25" x 8", Charleston, October 5, 1862. Writing to Octavia Walton Le Vert, a writer and Mobile [Alabama] socialite, just two months after arriving in Charleston to assume command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, Gen. Beauregard discusses how to better defend the port city, in part:

    "I regret to hear that you are in a state of agitation at the demonstration of the Yankees . . . they will not do much until their 'iron-clads' are ready - i.e. winter then you will have to be on the look out, but not to tremble; for by that time Mobile could be made next to inpregnable [sic] especially by bringing down from Over Bluff & Choctaw Bluff the heavy guns that are now not required there. Genl. [John Horace] Forney was speaking of doing so before I left Mobile, should you see him, tell him I think it would be advisable to put some of them in other small works on piles, commanding the channel."

    He goes on to explain that her cousin, "Genl. [William H. T.] Walker, is not here with me yet, for he is still a little unwell, but he is to come at the first gun." Unevenly toned. Text is bold and bright. Separation along the vertical fold has been repaired with tape. With a 5.5" x 9" engraved portrait of Beauregard.

    Beauregard had an intimate knowledge of Mobile. Following his return from the war in Mexico during the mid-1840s, and prior to his service in the Confederate Army, P.G.T. Beauregard served as a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, bolstering or repairing defenses along the Gulf Coast, where he spent a significant amount of time in Mobile.

    Octavia La Vert (1811-1877) was a well-known literary figure during her time. The granddaughter of George Walton Sr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, La Vert was acquainted with influential politicians, artists, and military figures. While she eventually supported Alabama during the Civil War, she was ambivalent toward secession and the institution of slavery and celebrated the end of the war. She was branded a traitor, however, for entertaining Union troops at her home after the surrender of Mobile, forcing her to leave the state for good. Her fortune gone, she ultimately returned to her native Georgia and spent the rest of her life in Augusta.

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