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    Pierre G. T. Beauregard: War-Date Autograph Letter Signed [ALS] Re: Presentation of First Battle Flags to CSA Troops.
    5" x 8" single-page letter on lined writing paper, Centreville [Virginia], November 26, 1861, signed "G. T. Beauregard", written to Col. Thomas Jordan. In full: "The delivery of the flags will not take place until the 28th by which time you must have the order ready. I will stop at the post office in the morning on my way to the McLean's Ford. I have spoken to Mayor Peyton [Henry E.] about those accounts. He promised to me to take hold of them. He desires Maj. Otey [John M.] to assist him. Give them to him if possible & another clerk from any Regt. if needed for the sooner they get this the better." A note to Col. Jordan appears on the back page: "Dear Colonel - Does the General desire an escort or only myself. I have a few men only, and I am just moving - at what hour. JTL" One internal tear at top repaired on verso with tape; otherwise, excellent. General Beauregard, in command at First Manassas, was dismayed to see the similarity in the battle flags carried by his men with those carried by Union soldiers. He then determined to design and procure new, distinctive flags. One hundred-twenty flags were hastily made in Richmond and forwarded to Centreville, winter camp of the Confederate Army of the Potomac (later renamed the Army of Northern Virginia). A presentation ceremony took place on the morning of November 28, 1861, attended by Beauregard, Joseph Johnston, Gustavus Smith, James Longstreet and Earl Van Dorn. When one commander objected to the pink hue of silk employed in his flag, Beauregard responded: "Dye it red sir! Dye it in blood sir!" Col. Robert E. Withers replied "It shall be sir. It shall be, in the blood of the enemy, General!" Beauregard added "In your own, sir, if necessary."

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