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The A.D.C. of General Beauregard, Joseph J. Legare, Writes the General from Charleston, S.C. on June 19th, 1861 - Beauregard is up at Manassas & Legare Sends some FASCINATING Information to him!

Lieut. Joseph J. Legare was appointed A.D.C. to General G. T. Beauregard in April 1861.  Later on he served with General J. H. Trapier (whom he mentions in the letter) and then served as Captain of Artillery. 

The first several paragraphs discuss his desire to serve in the regular Confederate army and possibly serving as Assistant to Major (Later General) Trapier. 

Prior to leaving Charleston, Beauregard had given Trapier $20 to pay for certain articles.  Here is what he lists:

            38 Stereoscopic views @ 25 cts. ea.             $9.50

            Repair of watch                                                $1.50

            Sawing up flag staff                                         $2.50

  Printing labels for ditto                                   $3.00

                                                                                $16.50

NOW, HERE IS THE OBVIOUS QUESTION: THE STEREOS WERE FOR MRS. BEAUREGARD (WE ARE TOLD THAT IN A SUBSEQUENT PARAGRAPH) AND HE HAD HIS WATCH REPAIRED… NOW, WHAT’S WITH SAWING UP THE FLAG STAFF AND THE PRINTING OF LABELS… WAS HE GOING TO GIVE OUT PIECES OF THE FLAG STAFF AS SOUVENIRS?

I guess we will never know… unless, perhaps someone has one of these souvenirs! 

The last several paragraphs of the letter are especially interesting:

“The Courier & Mercury newspaper refused to receive payment for your subscription to those papers for two months, when sent to Mrs. Beauregard & Cabet Beauregard, saying that they had no bill against you. 

In accordance with your wishes, I sent the Stereoscopic views packed carefully to your address care of Mr. Wharton, New Orleans, on the 7th inst. and today I received a note from him acknowledging their receipt and that he had at once sent them to Mrs. Beauregard.  I also sent a sketch, as you wished, of the plan of Fort Sumter, and described on the back of each view what it represented.

We have no news here.  The blockading fleet still off the bar.  Everything quiet.  The landing at Danfuskie Island & Hilton Head reportedly sentinels at Tybee seems to have been something like a mirage of the desert!  Not even a trace of landing could be discovered by Commodore Tatnel!”

The letter is 3 pages in ink and is in fine condition.

#HC145 - Price $395
















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BELOW PHOTO IS FROM THE BOOK, LIST OF STAFF OFFICERS OF THE CONFEDERATES STATES ARMY: