the holding of Fort Sumter
, in August, 1863, under the most terrible bombardment on record, while its guns were all dismounted and the work was battered into a mass of ruins; the successful removal during that period of all the heavy artillery, of 30,000 pounds of powder, and hundreds of loaded shells, from the endangered magazines; then the permanent holding of the dismantled wreck with an infantry guard, and the guns of James'
and Sullivan's Islands
covering the approach by boats; the defiant, unhushed boom, morning and evening, of the gallant little gun—the only one—purposely left in the fort to salute its unconquered flag; we are struck with wonder and admiration, and we cannot but recognize the rare ability of the commander, the unsurpassed fortitude and gallantry of the troops under him.
Our object is not, at present, to mention at any length General Beauregard
's many military services and victories.
This interesting, important, and instructive part of the history of his military career is contained in the following pages, written from authenticated notes and documents, vouched for and furnished by General Beauregard
himself, and to which this is but an introduction.
When, after voluntarily assisting General J. E. Johnston
, during the last days of the war, he surrendered with that distinguished officer, in April, 1865, at Greensboroa, North Carolina
, he addressed the following touching note to the members of his staff: