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Alexander, Edward Porter (1835-1910) to Pierre G. T. Beauregard

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02460.01 Author/Creator: Alexander, Edward Porter (1835-1910) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 January 1862 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20.8 x 16.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Colonel Porter forwards a telegram (not present) from his brother, Major William Alexander, to General Beauregard, commander of the Potomac District, Department of Northern Virginia. Reports that he does not know what the telegram pertains to, but that it was probably sent at the request of General Toombs (possibly Robert Augustus Toombs). Remarks that William is Toombs' son-in-law.

People: Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835-1910
Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 1818-1893
Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885
Alexander, William F., 1832-1907

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaTelegraphChildren and Family

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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