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CHARLESTON IS TO BE STRIPPED OF ITS DEFENDERS Fine content telegram, 5pp. 8vo., Columbia, SC, May 11, 1863, on Southern Telegraph Companies forms, sent to South Carolina's representatives in the Confederate Congress by politician S. Richard de Treville. In part: "...An order from the Sec'y of War was rec'd yesterday by Genl. Beauregard to send to Mississippi five thousand (5,000) more troops...if carried out we shall be stripped of infantry & if attacked both the Charleston & Savannah Rail Road & Charleston itself are likely to fall. The fifteen hundred (1,500) infantry left could do nothing. Such an abandonment of Charleston & of Savannah would in all probability invite an attack...prevent exposure of the low country to such catastrophes are earnestly desired & no time is to be lost...". Yankee forces were already champing at the bit: on April 7 the Union sent a fleet of nine ironclad Monitor warships to attack Ft. Sumter, and on July 18th the 54th Mass. would attack Fort Wagner.
Estimate $ 300-400

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