Andrew Gordon Magrath correspondence, 1864-1865.

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Magrath, A. G. (Andrew Gordon), 1813-1893. Andrew Gordon Magrath correspondence, 1864-1865.

Andrew Gordon Magrath correspondence, 1864-1865.

Duplicate correspondence books (1864-1865) containing correspondence, orders and messages, and telegrams primarily of Governor Magrath. Includes communications to or from Jefferson Davis (C.S.A President), Alexander H. Stephens, Senator Robert Barnwell, Gen. R.E. Lee, Gen. Beauregard, Wade Hampton (III), W.J. Hardee, E.B.C. Cash, A.C. Garlington, Brig. Gen. James Chesnut, Gov. Zebulon Baird Vance of N.C., Gov. Joseph E. Brown of Georgia, Gov. Thomas H. Watts of Alabama, and others. Attached are printed orders, printed notices to the people of South Carolina, a clipping, and handwritten notes. Orders and messages (34/370) pertain to the distribution of men and stores, preparations on the approach of Federal troops, calling up all eligible men for service (age 16-60), the evacuation of Columbia (S.C.), the release from impressment of slaves employed by the Confederate government, the surrender of Gen. Lee, the disbanding of troops, and the extraordinary session of the General Assembly held at Greenville (S.C.) on April 25, 1865. Telegrams concern troop movements; requests to Pres. Davis recommending that troops be sent to Augusta (Ga.) or Charleston (S.C.) and Richmond (Va.) might fall; Gen. Johnston announcement of the convention with Gen. Sherman to terminate hostilities. Topics of correspondence include: defense of Columbia (S.C.), purchases from John Fraser & Co., authorization for Colonel Hampton to use force to prevent the insubordination of slaves in St. Matthew's Parish, fall of Savannah (Ga.) and its effect on South Carolinians, reorganization of the militia, use of slaves for the defense of the state, fear that Charleston (S.C.) will fall, and preparation for the invasion.

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