Telegram via South-Western Telegraph Company dated July 27, 1861 from M D L McRae, in Pontchatoula (Louisiana) to Gen. Ruggles (CSA) informing him of the movement of 400 Yankee troops, and an ANS from J.C. Shipley to Major B.J. Brother(?) May 29, 1863 requesting an order of fifteen pounds of fresh beef.
Brigadier General Ruggles was born in Barre, Massachusetts and graduated from West Point at the age of twenty-three. He served the Union in northwest Florida in 1840 and the Mexican American War, earning the rank of brevet lieutenant-colonel. At the onset of the Civil War he immediately resigned from his position and joined the Confederacy. The CSA commissioned him a brigadier general of the Virginia Volunteers. He commanded the First Division of Bragg's Corps at Shiloh. His superiors specifically noted his bravery on the field and camaraderie with his men. By June 1862 he had been ordered to the Gulf Coast. He moved his headquarters to Columbus in April 1864, and led his men one last time at the Battle of Vicksburg. Determined to serve any way he could despite his age, he accepted a postion as commissary-general and at the end of the war in 1864.
Light foxing and folds of the paper on the telegram, the ANS is in good condition.
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