Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 260

Price Realized: $ 5,760
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
SIGNED BY GENERAL BEAUREGARD AND HIS SON (MILITARY.) Autograph Letter Signed from Major William H. Echols, Chief Engineer, Confederate States of America to Brig. Gen. Thomas Jordan. Docketed on the reverse, and signed by A. Toutant Beauregard, aide de camp (son of General Beauregard), and additionally signed and dated 28 July by General G. T. Beauregard forwarding this letter on to South Carolina Governor M. L. Bonham. Single 4to leaf of lined paper, written on both sides; creases where folded. Charleston, July 26-July 28, 1863

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A retained copy of a letter from the chief engineer in charge of the fortification and defense of Charleston regarding the lack of overseers to organize and watch over the slaves that had been impressed from the South Carolina plantations. Echols complains that "very few overseers came down with them . . . I asked several of the owners who brought them down about the overseers, and they replied that they could not be spared . . . what is needed most to overcome the difficulty are experienced managers to follow the Negroes and see that each individual does his duty." The defense of Charleston was crucial to the war. Every man that could be spared worked on the fortifications. A brief note on the reverse reads: "Reply referred to His Excellency M.L. Bonham for his information, G.T. Beauregard, Gen. Commanding."