Hd.Qrs of the Virginia Forces
In reply to your telegraphic dispatch of yesterday to
Genl Cooper in relation to Lieut Col Fry now at Charlottesville
I am instructed by Genl Lee to say that you are authorized to
order him to report to you--but that it will be necessary to
supply his place as mustering officer at the rendezvous by an
officer from your command. The Companies under Lt. Col Fry
may also be ordered to Culpeper C H. to for part of my
Regiment now organized there
I am Sir &c
(Signed) R S Garnett
To Brig Genl PGT Beauregard
Official, Thos Judson
Act Ass Adj Genl.
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, 1819-1893,the first Confederate Brigadier General, commanded the southern forces at Fort Sumter at the beginning of the war in April, and came north to become second in command to Joseph E. Johnson at First Manassas/Bull Run.
Samuel Cooper, 1798-1876, a West Point graduate, resigned from the U.S. Army in March of 1861 and was appointed Brigadier in the Confederate Army. He never had a field command but performed invaluable service through his organizational skills as Adjutant and Inspector General, a position he had held in the U. S. Army.
At the end of the war he turned all his records over to U.S. authorities where they became invaluable sources for generations of schlars.