Partially printed telegram, 7.25 x 4 in., originally dispatched from Charleston, SC on November 18, 1863 and received in Columbia, SC on the following day. Addressed to General Milledge Luke Bonham (1813-1890), the governor of South Carolina, and sent on behalf of General P.G.T. Beauregard from The Southern Telegraph Companies, headquartered in Richmond, VA.
Telegram reads: "Bombardment of Sumter continued as usual since last report. Enemy fired yesterday on city from Battery Gregg. 23 one hundred pound shells. Three fell in Bay . 2 exploded in air & one struck in vicinity of St. Michael's Church. Range four & half miles nearly all exploded on striking. No Casualties & Little Damage done. Enemy's Greek fire is a humbug. / G.T. Beauregard." After the Confederates captured Fort Sumter, it was besieged by Federal forces for nearly the duration of the Civil War until its reclamation on February 22, 1865.
Staining with some ink-related holes; large stain on verso.
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