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Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) to Earl Van Dorn

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00296 Author/Creator: Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) Place Written: Jackson, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 February 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Beauregard, Confederate Commander of the Military District of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, writes to Van Dorn, Confederate Commander of the District of the Mississippi, Department #2. States that "the fate of Missouri necessarily depends on the successful defense of Columbus & of Island no. 10, hence we must, if possible, combine our Operations not only to defend those positions, but also to take the offensive as soon as practicable to recover some of our lost ground ... At all events, we must do something or die in the attempt ... " Informs Dorn that he requested 5,000 men from Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Expects the support of twelve gunboats from New Orleans. Labeled confidential.

People: Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 1818-1893.
Van Dorn, Earl, 1820-1863.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Navy, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Civil War, Military History

Sub Era: The American Civil War