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    Pierre G. T. Beauregard Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, penned on verso and recto, approximately 5.75" x 6", New Orleans, September 16, 1838. The first brigadier general of the Confederate Army, Beauregard's early career centered on military engineering in his beloved city of New Orleans. After graduating second in his class at West Point in 1838, he returned to Louisiana to put his engineering expertise to the test, primarily building flood fortifications and dams to protect the city from storm surges.

    Here, young Beauregard writes to Captain Horatio G. Wright of the Corps of Engineers, discussing the dire public health situation in New Orleans. His letter reads, in part: "There is great danger in remaining at present in this city, for the cases of [yellow] fever are extremely fatal, the deaths averaging about 1/3 & generally after only from two to four days sickness. . . . I am beginning to think that I myself may even be exposed to its attack, but fortunately, it is a pretty hard thing to kill an officer of Engineers, from the Capt.s up! " Wright served as an engineer and a general in the Union Army. Following the war, Wright was instrumental in several important engineering projects, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the completion of the Washington Monument. He went on to serve as Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Letter bears the faintest age toning, but is otherwise pristine. An exceptional item for any engineering collection!


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    June, 2010
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