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    Confederate Documents: Holographic Letter from Governor Milledge Bonham to General P. G. T. Beauregard Regarding Funding for a Naval Ram. One page, 8" x 10", July 3, 1863, Columbia, [South Carolina], unsigned, with Executive Department written in upper right. In the letter the governor informs Beauregard, "I regret that I do not feel at liberty to furnish any funds for the construction of the Ram, as the Legislature placed no money at my disposal which I can use for that purpose." Beauregard was charged with the protection of Charleston from Union land and naval attacks. He was active in promoting innovative naval defense strategies, including a small vessel called a torpedo-ram, a swift boat with a torpedo on a pole projecting from its bow under water, which would sneak up on an enemy vessel and impale it underneath the water line. Toning and light foxing, else fine.

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