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Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) to Robert Anderson

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01127.02 Author/Creator: Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) Place Written: Charleston, South Carolina Type: Manuscript letter Date: 11 April 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Pencil copy of Beauregard's letter to Anderson demanding that Fort Sumter be surrendered and evacuated. Will permit that the flag "may be saluted by you upon taking it down." Page two contains pencil drawn copy of the watermark, and page three a penciled copy of the stationery impress mark. This copy differs slightly from the official version of this letter.

People: Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 1818-1893.
Anderson, Robert, 1805-1871.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: American Flag, Military History, Civil War, Immigration and Migration, Surrender, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America

Sub Era: The American Civil War