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General P.G.T. Beauregard Telegram Regarding the Bombardment of Fort Sumter, 1863

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.

Condition:

Staining with some ink-related holes; large stain on verso.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$531
11/15/2019

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